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Michael Nakvinda, left, the man accused of murdering Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso, appears Wednesday in Cass County District Court with one of his two public defenders, Nicholas Thornton.

Suspect in Fargo periodontist's slaying enters not guilty plea

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FARGO -- The man accused of killing Philip Gattuso pleaded not guilty Wednesday, just after the chief prosecutor warned that media coverage of the case could force an eventual trial to move.

Michael Allen Nakvinda, 41, of Oklahoma City, pleaded not guilty to all four felonies he's charged with in connection with the Oct. 26 killing of the Fargo dentist: murder, robbery, burglary and theft of property.

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