Hit man still maintains that he was framed
It was the only sentence the prosecution considered suggesting and the precise result the defense expected: Michael Nakvinda was sent to prison Friday for the rest of his life for murdering Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso 15 months ago.
Convicted killer seen as ‘damaged goods’
Get a solid grasp on one thread, and you can pull the whole sweater apart.
That’s often the upshot of the first conviction in cases involving conspiracy allegations. A defendant found guilty typically has a built-in incentive – a break on sentencing – to testify in the still-pending cases.
FARGO – A jury has found Michael Nakvinda guilty of killing Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso.
The nine women and three men handed down the verdicts shortly after 11 a.m., convicting Nakvinda of murder, robbery, burglary and theft.
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Jurors considering murder charges against Michael Nakvinda for the hammer beating of a Fargo dentist last year will be returning to the Cass County Courthouse on Friday to continue deliberating the case.
The man accused of killing Philip Gattuso took the stand in his own defense on Tuesday, but jurors won’t hear him explain how he ended up with the hammer used to kill Gattuso or the dentist’s stolen car until the trial resumes today.
In two hours of testimony this afternoon, Philip Gattuso’s former father-in-law denied both ordering the death of the Fargo dentist and framing the man he’s accused of hiring as a hitman, Michael Nakvinda.
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