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Published August 30, 2011, 10:19 PM

Fairbanks takes the stand in his own murder trial

Crookston, MN (WDAY TV) - Gripping testimony from Thomas Fairbanks today. Tomorrow, closing arguments in the murder trial will begin.

Gripping testimony from Thomas Fairbanks today. Tomorrow, closing arguments in the murder trial will begin. In a rare move defense attorneys asked the man accused of shooting Mahnomen County deputy Christ Dewey to take the stand.

Thomas Fairbanks was questioned and cross examined for nearly two hours. It's testimony based on drugs and alcohol being the sole factor for the shooting, which prosecutors tried to pick apart.

Inside the Polk County courthouse, defense attorney's questioned Fairbanks about the night leading up to the shooting. Fairbanks testified he had a lot to drink on top of taking two Vicodin pain pills. He told jurors that he recalls very little from that night but, quote, says "This is all my fault and I made a bad choice" referring to the shooting of Dewy. His attorneys tried to paint a picture of a man who had no intent to kill nor had any memory of it.

Prosecutors then questioned Fairbanks vigorously trying to get jurors believe Fairbanks remembered more than what he was telling. The prosecution asked Fairbanks where he learned to be an accurate shot, Fairbanks replied he "didn’t know". Prosecutors responded "lucky 3 shots that hit Dewey I guess" Fairbanks quietly responded, “It could have been.”

The jury could have the case as soon as tomorrow afternoon after closing arguments wrap up.

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