Nancy Kerrigan's Brother Barred from Father's Funeral

Nancy Kerrigan's Brother Barred from Father's Funeral
Mark Kerrigan and sister Nancy
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01/27/2010 AT 12:30 PM EST

Nancy Kerrigan's troubled brother, facing assault charges in his father's death, won't be allowed to attend the funeral Thursday, authorities say.

Mark Kerrigan, 45, who has a long history of violence and run-ins with the law, was sent to Massachusetts's Bridgewater State Hospital for an evaluation on his mental competency. The state Department of Correction guidelines prohibit prisoners from attending funeral services.

Daniel Kerrigan, 70, died Sunday after an altercation with his son in their Stoneham, Mass., home. Autopsy results are pending, although Daniel's wife Brenda believes he died of a heart attack. On Monday, Mark pleaded not guilty to assault and battery on an elderly person resulting in serious bodily injury.

In addition to the funeral, family and friends were scheduled to hold a wake for Daniel at a funeral home in Stoneham.

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