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Nakvinda bail set at $1 million
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

FARGO, N.D. - Bail was set at $1 million cash Friday for Michael Allen Nakvinda, the Oklahoma City man accused of murdering Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso.

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The 41-year-old Nakvinda also requested a single-person jail cell during his initial appearance via interactive television in Cass County District Court.

He'll get his wish because the only cells with double bunks at the county jail are for minimum security prisoners, Chief Deputy Jim Thoreson said.

Nakvinda arrived Thursday night in Fargo from Oklahoma City after waiving extradition. Thoreson said the jail won't put any special security measures in place for him.

The 49-year-old periodontist was found beaten to death with a hammer in his south Fargo condominium after he didn't pick up his daughter from day care.

Burdick said he recommended the $1 million cash-only bail because of the "extreme violence" of the crime, as well as Nakvinda's extensive criminal history, the fact he has no connections to Fargo and fled back to Oklahoma City after allegedly killing Gattuso, and that he faces the possibility of life in prison without parole if convicted.

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and the Bemidji Pioneer are owned by Forum Communications Co.

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