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Christopher Dewey

Murder tial starts in Dep. Dewey case

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CROOKSTON, Minn. - The Mahnomen man charged with murdering Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Dewey is scheduled to go on trial today in a Crookston courtroom.

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Thomas Lee Fairbanks, 34, was indicted in November on first-degree murder charges, as well as assault charges, being a felon in possession of a firearm and attempted theft of a vehicle.

Investigators say Fairbanks shot Dewey in the head and midsection Feb. 18, 2009, as Dewey responded to a call.

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