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Oklahoma man faces murder for Fargo dentist's death

FARGO - Four charges - murder, robbery, burglary and theft - have been filed against an Oklahoma man for the death of Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso. Court documents filed this afternoon in Cass County District Court claim Michael Allen Nakvinda, 4...

FARGO - Four charges - murder, robbery, burglary and theft - have been filed against an Oklahoma man for the death of Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso.

Court documents filed this afternoon in Cass County District Court claim Michael Allen Nakvinda, 41, of Oklahoma City, used "a hammer or other dangerous weapon" in causing Gattuso's death last Monday.

Nakvinda, who appeared in an Oklahoma court this morning, waived extradition to North Dakota to face the charges. Authorities arrested Nakvinda early Saturday morning and conducted a search warrant at his home.

The court complaint lays outlines the charges against Nakvinda. The murder charge claims he "committed or attempted to commit the crime of robbery and/or burglary" by taking a Porsche Boxster sports car and various electronic equipment from Gattuso's home, 2536 S. University Drive.

While taking the car or equipment, Nakvinda willfully caused Gattuso's death, court papers say.

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The murder charge is a Class AA felony, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole if convicted.

Judge Wade Webb sealed most of the court documents, including detailed police reports.

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