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Mark Kerrigan: I Didn't Attack My Dad Daniel Kerrigan

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WOBURN, Mass. (CBS/AP) Mark Kerrigan, Nancy Kerrigan's brother, pleaded not guilty Monday to assaulting their 70-year-old father, Daniel Kerrigan, who died over the weekend after a disturbance at the family's Massachusetts home.

Photo: Mark Kerrigan, 45, the brother of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, is led in handcuffs.

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An unemployed plumber, Mark Kerrigan, 45, was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail after his arraignment Monday in Woburn District Court.

He 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.

Photo: Daniel and Brenda Kerrigan in 1994.

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

Photo: Nancy Kerrigan.

PICTURES: Nancy Kerrigan Family Tragedy

The report said Mark Kerrigan 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.

"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," the arresting officer wrote in the police report.

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

The officers said they saw blood on the floor near where Daniel Kerrigan had been treated by emergency workers, as well as signs of a struggle, including three pictures that had apparently been knocked off the wall and a broken piece of the telephone.

Nancy Kerrigan and other members of the family were not in court for the arraignment.

Nancy Kerrigan is a two-time Olympic medal winner. In 1994, an assailant clubbed her right knee. An investigation revealed rival Tonya Harding had knowledge of the planning of the attack.

A funeral Mass was scheduled for Thursday.

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