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Nancy Kerrigan's brother pleads not guilty to charges of killing his father



From the AP:
The brother of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan pleaded not guilty Monday to assaulting their 70-year-old father, who died over the weekend after a disturbance at the family's Massachusetts home.

Mark Kerrigan, 45, described by his lawyer as an unemployed plumber, was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail after his arraignment Monday in Woburn District Court. A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Kerrigan, who did not speak at the hearing but put his head in his hands and wept at one point.

"He and his father had a violent argument and struggle at the home, and Daniel Kerrigan either fell or collapsed on the kitchen floor," said Elizabeth Healey, an assistant Middlesex County district attorney.

A police report said officers responding to a 911 call at 1:30 a.m. Sunday found Daniel lying on the floor unconscious. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. An autopsy was planned.

The report said Mark was found on a couch in the basement of the home in the middle-class Boston suburb of Stoneham and was "belligerent and combative" when questioned. Officers used pepper spray to subdue him and eventually arrested him.

"(Mark) Kerrigan appeared intoxicated but appeared coherent in understanding questions and answering them," the report stated. "He stated that he wanted to use the phone and his father would not let him. He said he struggled with his father and put his hands around his father's neck and his father fell to the floor."

Mark Kerrigan told officers that he believed his father was "faking it," according to the report.

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