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June 12, 2013

Judge won't toss Marine's charges


The judge also denied a motion to dismiss two counts of improper storage of firearms, brought on procedural grounds.

The charges were lodged after police found three guns, including a .45 caliber gun in the apartment’s laundry room, a .38 caliber gun in the console of Fairbanks’ car and a .22 caliber gun in the trunk of the car.

Prosecutor Alex Grimes suggested that the counts are based on the discovery of the guns in the laundry room and in the console of the car; Walsh argued that the complaints, as typed, refer to the gun in the locked trunk, which, Walsh argued, would be legal.

The judge, however, said that the police report contains adequate probable cause for the two counts and that the charges will stand.

The malicious destruction of property charge against Fairbanks was dismissed after the judge concluded that the removal of the toilet was part of the more serious charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the toilet itself.

Walsh will be back in court with Fairbanks later this month to argue that statements and evidence in the case should be suppressed based on the alleged failure by police to advise Fairbanks of his rights.

Walsh indicated that he will also seek the release of Fairbanks on bail at that hearing, set for June 25.

Fairbanks has been held since a judge in April found that he had violated the terms of his release in the case by failing to appear for meetings with his probation officer, leaving the state without court permission and by apparently failing to surrender an AK-47 to police. He was seen in a photo posted on his Facebook page holding the gun, with a caption that appeared to mock the court order.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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