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Fairbanks trial again delayed as jury selection remains slow process

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CROOKSTON -- The murder trial of Thomas Fairbanks again has been pushed back as jury selection continues to go slower than the judge expected.

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Fairbanks is charged with shooting Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Dewey Feb. 18, 2009, causing his death in hospice care in August 2010. The charge of murdering a peace officer carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. He also faces several lesser charges from the incident and ensuing standoff.

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