Prosecutors don't want Fargo conspiracy trial moved

Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Prosecutors say there's no basis for moving the trial of an Oklahoma man accused of hiring a hit man to kill his North Dakota son-in-law.

The Forum says Cass County prosecutors also argue in court briefs that a judge shouldn't suppress statements Gene Kirkpatrick of Jones, Okla,, made to police during their investigation into the October 2009 hammer slaying of Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso.

Defense attorneys have asked for a police interview to be thrown out, and for the trial to be moved from Fargo to either Minot or Bismarck.

Kirkpatrick's daughter was married to Gattuso until she died in March 2009. Authorities believe Kirkpatrick was unhappy that Gattuso was raising his granddaughter, and paid his handyman to kill Gattuso. Kirkpatrick's murder conspiracy trial is to begin Feb. 28.