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Forum staff reports, Published March 09 2013

Denying ND killer a dental crown not cruel and unusual, court rules

BISMARCK – A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by convicted murderer Dennis Gaede, who claimed he was submitted to cruel and unusual punishment in how a dental issue was handled at the North Dakota State Penitentiary.

Gaede, who was convicted of killing Timothy Wicks in 2001, claimed in court documents that he requested a root canal and crown after he cracked a tooth, but the tooth was pulled instead.

In a decision filed Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals said it found no reason to overturn a lower court’s ruling dismissing the case.

Gaede is serving a life sentence without parole.