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Forum staff reports, Published February 26 2009

One suspect in deputy shooting has hearing postponed

MAHNOMEN, Minn. - The scheduled court appearance today for Thomas Lee Fairbanks, accused in the shooting of Deputy Christopher Dewey, was postponed to March 5.

The other man accused in the shooting, Daniel Kurt Vernier, was still scheduled to appear in court today.

Fairbanks, 32, of Mahnomen, is accused of shooting Mahnomen County Sheriff’s deputy Chris Dewey on Feb. 18. He faces 22 counts, including one count each of first- and second-degree attempted murder as well as various assault charges for firing at other law enforcement officers.

Vernier, 27, of Mahnomen, is charged with 17 counts, including 12 counts of first-degree assault against peace officers.

Mahnomen County District Judge Michael Kraker on Friday set bail at $1 million for Fairbanks and $500,000 for Vernier.

Dewey was shot after 7 a.m. Feb. 18. He was following up on a report of shots being fired. Dewey was critically wounded from two gunshot wounds, one to his abdomen and one to his head. That shooting triggered an eight-hour standoff with police that ended peacefully. Vernier surrendered at about 9:30 a.m. and Fairbanks surrendered at about 4 p.m.

Check back to www.inforum.com for an update on Vernier's court appearance.