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Kirkpatrick files appeal claiming ineffective counsel

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FARGO – An Oklahoma man convicted of hiring a hitman to kill his son-in-law in Fargo in October 2009 has filed an appeal claiming he had ineffective counsel.

Gene Kirkpatrick, 66, filed the request for post-conviction relief on June 24 in Cass County District Court.

Kirkpatrick is serving a life prison term without parole after a jury found him guilty in July 2011 of conspiring to commit the murder of Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso.

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