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Fairbanks asks state high court to overturn conviction for killing Mahnomen deputy

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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 hearing on Wednesday in the 2009 death of Mahnomen Deputy Christopher 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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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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