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Published September 24, 2010, 11:28 AM

UPDATED: Fairbanks indicted for first-degree murder of Deputy Dewey

A grand jury has indicted Thomas Fairbanks with first-degree murder of a peace officer for the death of Deputy Christopher Dewey.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

A grand jury has indicted Thomas Fairbanks with first-degree murder of a peace officer for the death of Deputy Christopher Dewey.

The grand jury returned the indictment late Thursday.

The indictment also included 12 other charges, including nine assault charges.

If convicted, the first-degree murder charge carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Fairbanks, 33, is accused of shooting Dewey once in the head and twice in the belly on Feb. 18, 2009, in Mahnomen, Minn., as the deputy was investigating a report of drunken driving.

Numerous felony charges were filed in Mahnomen County District Court against Fairbanks, including a charge of attempted murder that was amended to second-degree murder two days after Dewey died on Aug. 9.

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