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Christopher Dewey

Suspect in Mahnomen deputy shooting goes on trial next month

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A trial in Bemidji is scheduled to start May 3 for Thomas Fairbanks, the man accused of shooting Mahnomen County Deputy Christopher Dewey in 2009.

Defense and prosecuting attorneys agreed the trial needed to be moved out of Mahnomen in order to get an impartial jury, and a judge said on Tuesday in Mahnomen County District Court that he plans to issue an order moving the trial, said Joe Parise, the public defender who is representing Fairbanks.

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