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Pippi Mayfield, Published March 05 2009

Man accused of shooting deputy wants hearing on evidence

MAHNOMEN, Minn. – Attorneys for the man accused of shooting Mahnomen County Deputy Christopher Dewey requested Thursday a hearing to determine if there’s enough evidence for the case to continue toward a trial.

Thomas Lee Fairbanks, 33, who has been charged with 22 criminal charges in the shooting incident including attempted murder, appeared in court with two attorneys – Steven Light of Fargo and Todd Kenyon of St. Louis Park, Minn.

The attorneys requested the hearing be held at least 90 days from now.

No date was set because the judge assigned to the case, Judge Jeffrey S. Remick, was sick.

A conference call between attorneys and the judge Friday will be used to set the date.

Daniel Kurt Vernier, who also faces charges in the case, pleaded not guilty last week. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 10.

Fairbanks remains in jail on $1 million bail.