An Oklahoma man accused of hiring his handyman to kill a North Dakota dentist has waived extradition and will be returned to North Dakota to face a charge of conspiracy to commit murder. Gene Kirkpatrick, 63, Jones, Okla., is accused of paying Michael Nakvinda, 41, $3,000 to kill Philip Gattuso, who was Kirkpatrick’s son-in-law. Nakvinda is charged with murder.
Forum Communications/Associated Press
, November 21, 2009
A Drayton, N.D., man sentenced earlier this fall to 30 years in federal prison for sexually exploiting a child and possessing child pornography will not see more time behind bars on a similar state charge.
Federal court officials in North Dakota are scrambling to reassign dozens of cases handled by the late U.S. District Judge Rodney Webb, who died earlier this month. Some of them are complicated civil matters that have been on the docket for years.
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