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Bail set for man accused of killing Fargo dentist

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FARGO -- Bail was set at $1 million cash today for Michael Allen Nakvinda, the Oklahoma City man accused of murdering Fargo dentist Philip Gattuso.

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Nakvinda also requested a single-person cell during his initial appearance in Cass County District Court.

He arrived Thursday night in Fargo from Oklahoma City after waiving extradition.

The 41-year-old showed no emotion as Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick read off the charges against him of murder, robbery, burglary and theft in connection with the Oct. 26 death of Gattuso, who was found dead in his south Fargo condominium after he didn't pick up his daughter from day care.

Burdick said he requested the $1 million bail on account of Nakvinda's extensive criminal history, the severe nature of the crime he's charged with now and the fact he has no connections to Fargo and fled back to Oklahoma City after allegedly killing Gattuso.

"He essentially has nothing to lose by fleeing," and prosecutors believe he would use violent means to do so, Burdick said.

A preliminary hearing for Nakvinda is scheduled for Dec. 3. Judge Georgia Dawson appointed attorney Steve Mottinger to be Nakvinda's public defender.

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