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Associated Press, Published February 04 2012

ND inmate wants new hearing on dental work lawsuit

BISMARCK, N.D. — A man convicted of killing and dismembering a Wisconsin man is asking a judge to reconsider his ruling on a federal complaint over medical treatment at the North Dakota state penitentiary.

Dennis Gaede, convicted of killing Timothy Wicks in 2001, says he requested a root canal and crown after he cracked a tooth, but the tooth was pulled instead. Gaede accused state officials of cruel and unusual punishment.

A judge last week threw out the case.

Gaede said in a motion filed Friday that he's willing to pay for the costs of dental work and claims there's new evidence that shows the tooth needs to be crowned.

Gaede is serving a life sentence without parole.