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Nancy Kerrigan's brother pleads not guilty to assault charge

January 25, 2010 | 12:09 pm
Kerrigan Nancy Kerrigan's brother pleaded not guilty today to assaulting his father, who died shortly after the alleged incident took place early Sunday morning.

Mark Kerrigan's lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf in Woburn District Court on a charge he assaulted a person over 60 that resulted in injury.

According to a police report, Kerrigan was arrested at his parents' home in Massachusetts after getting into an argument with his father, Daniel Kerrigan, who was found unconscious on the floor when police arrived. Daniel, 70, was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

"[Mark Kerrigan] and his father had a violent argument and struggle at the home, and Daniel Kerrigan either fell or collapsed on the kitchen floor," Elizabeth Keeley, an assistant district attorney for Middlesex County, told the Associated Press.

Daniel Kerrigan's wife, Brenda, told the Boston Herald that her husband died of a heart attack.

-- Austin Knoblauch

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Mark Kerrigan, right, is escorted in handcuffs out of court following his arraignment on Monday. Credit: Greg M. Cooper / Associated Press