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Thomas Lee Fairbanks

Fairbanks jury selection well behind initial schedule

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CROOKSTON - When the murder trial of Thomas Fairbanks opened Aug. 1 with pre-trial discussions between both sides, Minnesota District Judge Jeff Remick said he figured a jury to be selected and opening arguments made Aug. 10.

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But jury selection has been much slower than he expected.

A single juror was chosen Wednesday after interviews by the judge and attorneys from both sides, bringing the total selected to nine, toward the goal of 15, including alternates.

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