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Thomas Lee Fairbanks is led into the Mahnomen County Courtroom Friday morning for his first court appearance in the shooting of Mahnomen County deputy Christopher Dewey Wednesday morning. Fairbanks had 22 charges brought against him, including attempted first degree and attempted second degree murder. (Brian Basham/DL-Online)

Man accused of shooting deputy fires attorneys

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After having a public defender appointed to represent him, then hiring his own private attorneys, Thomas Lee Fairbanks has apparently fired his attorneys.


Fairbanks, who is accused of the February shooting of Mahnomen County Deputy Chris Dewey, had received a public defender through the Regional Native Public Defense Corporation, but then chose to hire his own attorneys from Fargo and St. Cloud, according to Mahnomen County Attorney Julie Bruggeman.

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