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Gattuso murder trial: Kirkpatrick feared son-in-law would ruin his granddaughter's life

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Minutes after admitting he had paid his handyman to kill his granddaughter's father, leaving the 3-year-old with no parents, Gene Kirkpatrick gave police his reasoning as an equation.


"I just felt like he was going to ruin her life," he said of Kennedy Gattuso and her father, Philip Gattuso. "I thought her future welfare was more valuable than his life."

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