Fairbanks verdict brings closureCrookston, MN (WDAY TV) - In a tension-filled courtroom in Crookston, Minnesota this afternoon, families of two men witnessed how one "word" can change lives.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
In a tension-filled courtroom in Crookston, Minnesota this afternoon, families of two men witnessed how one "word" can change lives. Today a jury found Thomas Fairbanks guilty of first degree murder in the shooting death of Mahnomen County Deputy Christopher Dewey.
It wasn't long after the verdict that Mahnomen County Deputies and Sheriff Doug Krier noted the irony of the Fairbanks verdict. September 09. 9 09. Deputy Dewey's badge number.
Doug Krier – Mahnomen County Sheriff: “I think he is looking down on this saying, as a law enforcement officer, justice has been done.”
With his deputies behind him, some who survived the stand off and gunfire that fateful day, Mahnomen County Sheriff Doug Krier told us while nothing will bring back Deputy Chris Dewey, the 1st degree murder verdict pleased him and Dewey's wife. Still, something is unsettling.
Doug Krier: “The only thing that I don't have resolved right now is why he did it.”
The Fairbanks family told us off camera they sympathize with the Dewey family, but they say justice was not served, and they told us they are hurting too.
Jurors drained after the two week trial left under escort. A 2 day deliberation that will send a cop killer to prison for life. Fairbanks will be sentenced to life in prison a week from tomorrow at a Polk County Courtroom.