Fairbanks asks high court to overturn Dewey murder sentence
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Supreme Court justices questioned whether they should overturn a murder conviction of a man, convicted of killing a deputy sheriff, because he is an American Indian whose trial was held in a mostly white county.
During the court’s Wednesday hearing in the 2009 death of Deputy Chris Dewey, justices grilled the attorney representing Thomas Lee Fairbanks, who in 2011 was convicted of the crime. He is serving a life sentence.
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