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Suspect in Mahnomen deputy shooting appears in court

The man accused of shooting Mahnomen County Deputy Christopher Dewey appeared in the Minnesota Ninth District Court in Mahnomen Thursday morning.

Thomas Lee Fairbanks, 33, who has been charged with 22 criminal charges in the shooting incident including attempted murder, appeared with his public defense team of two -- Steven Light, Fargo, and Todd Kenyon, St. Louis Park.

During the Rule 8 hearing, his attorneys requested an omnibus hearing be held at least 90 days from now, although an exact date hasn't been set. The case has been assigned to Judge Jeffrey S. Remick, and he was out sick, so a date will be set tomorrow via a conference call with attorneys.

An omnibus hearing is typically held to determine if sufficient evidence exists to continue a trial, and for the purpose of asking that certain evidence be suppressed.

Daniel Kurt Vernier, who appeared in court late last month, pled not guilty at his Rule 8 hearing. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 10.

Fairbanks remains in jail on $1 million bail.