updated 5/10/2010 4:50:26 PM ET 2010-05-10T20:50:26

The brother of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, who is charged with manslaughter in the death of their father, has gotten 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 house in Stoneham, Mass., 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 Mark Kerrigan's monitoring device for the surgery. She also said he may take out the trash and do yard work.

Prosecutors did not object.

Prosecutors say Mark Kerrigan was drunk during the argument that led to his father's death. The defense and the family blame the death on a heart condition.

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