Mahnomen, Minn. (KFGO-AM) Attorney's for a man sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of a Mahnomen County Deputy will seek to overturn the conviction before the Minnesota Supreme Court Wednesday.
In their appeal, they're challenging several issues including whether Thomas Fairbanks should have been prosecuted for Chris Dewey's murder when the deputy died 18 months after he was shot 3 times while responding to a call in Mahnomen in February of 2009.
Fairbank's public defenders will also argue the district court abused its discretion by moving the murder trail from Mahnomen County to Polk County and allowing autopsy photo's to be admitted as evidence. They also question whether they was sufficient evidence to support Fairbanks' convictions for first degree assault stemming from an armed stand-off following the shooting.
Sheriff Doug Krier says prosecutors made a strong case. He didn't miss a day of the month-long murder trial and says he'll be in St.Paul for the appeal.
Krier says the memories of Dewey's shooting and death linger in both his department and the community.