updated 5/10/2010 3:49:57 PM ET 2010-05-10T19:49:57

Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's brother, charged with manslaughter in the death of their father, has been granted permission to have knee surgery and help his mother with outdoor chores.

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Mark Kerrigan has been confined to the family's Stoneham house with GPS monitoring. He posted $25,000 bail after pleading not guilty in the January death of 70-year-old Daniel Kerrigan.

Judge Jane Haggerty granted a defense request Monday to remove Kerrigan's monitoring device for the surgery. Haggerty also said he may go to the edge of the family property on Mondays to take out weekly trash and do yardwork.

Prosecutors did not object.

Prosecutors say Mark Kerrigan was in a drunken rage when he got into a violent argument that led to his father's death. The defense and the family blame the death on a heart condition.

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