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Published August 17, 2011, 05:21 PM

Juror Faints During Opening Arguments in Fairbanks Murder Trial

Just 30 minutes into opening arguments in the Thomas Fairbanks murder trial, there was an unexpected and sudden recess after a a juror fainted.

By: WDAZ Staff Report,

Just 30 minutes into opening arguments in the Thomas Fairbanks murder trial, there was an unexpected and sudden recess after a a juror fainted.

The female juror fell over the arm of her chair with her head behind the adjacent chair, nearly to the ground.

Other jurors and court officials rushed to help her and she soon was sitting up and drinking water.

The woman was taken to Riverview Health Center in Crookston to be examined and was dismissed from jury duty.

Parts of opening arguments by the prosecution included photos of Dewey's injuries from three gunshots, two to the torso and one to his head.

Opening arguments resumed Wednesday afternoon.

The 34-year-old Fairbanks is charged with first-degree murder of Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Dewey in February of 2009.

Dewey died about a year and a half later from his injuries.

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