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Published August 30, 2011, 02:58 PM

Fairbanks Takes Stand in Own Defense in Dewey Murder Trial

Fairbanks: Dewey's death was my fault
CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The man accused of murdering a Mahnomen County Deputy testified in his own defense. The prosecution in the Thomas Fairbanks trial rested Monday and the defense began, and ended, Tuesday.

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The man accused of murdering a Mahnomen County Deputy testified in his own defense.

The prosecution in the Thomas Fairbanks trial rested Monday and the defense began, and ended, Tuesday.

Fairbanks is charged with shooting deputy Chris Dewey in February of 2009. Dewey died of his wounds 18 months later.

Fairbanks was the last witness the defense called at the Polk County Courthouse. Fairbanks outlined his night leading up to Deputy Dewey's shooting. He said that, even though he only remembered bits and pieces, he said "Dewey's death is my fault and I just made the wrong choice."

Defense attorneys had him go over that night with the jury. Fairbanks said he had been drinking heavily and took two vicodin earlier in the night to "relax."

He said he had taken another medication earlier.

He emphasized two factors: the alcohol and drugs as the reasons for Dewey's shooting.

Later on prosecution drilled him with multiple questions trying to find some criminal intent.

The questions were attempts to prove Fairbanks remembered more about the night than he had said.

Fairbanks maintained he did not remember much of that night.

He did remember seeing Dewey put his hand on his gun, and said he feared for his life. The next thing he remembered were shots were fired and an officer was down.

He said he may of fired blind shots while he was running away.

Towards the end of Tuesday's session, the prosecutor asked Fairbanks how he got to be such an accurate shot.

Fairbanks said he didn't know.

When asked if he had three lucky shots on Dewey, Fairbanks said "it could've been."

Closing arguments begin in Crookston on Wednesday.

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