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Rodriguez should be spared of death, lawyers say: Effect of mental disability ruling is uncertain

May 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO — Alfonso Rodriguez once boasted of reading hundreds of books, but dropped out of school at the age of 18 without graduating.
The man convicted of the 2003 kidnapping and murder of Dru Sjodin is mentally retarded, according to his lawyers, a…continue reading on

Keeping a promise to Dru: 10 years after UND student’s murder, her mom and others remember

November 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. — Linda Walker lives alone now in her house on the shore of Clamshell Lake, with Izzy, a Black Lab-Golden Retriever mix.
It’s been 10 years since her daughter, Dru Sjodin, was abducted from the parking lot of Grand Forks’ C…continue reading on

Rodriguez speaks from death row

November 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

GRAND FORKS – Alfonso Rodriguez was not insane when he deliberately killed Dru Sjodin 10 years ago after kidnapping her from a Grand Forks mall, according to the prosecution’s medical experts, who interviewed him on death row this past summer.

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SD Supreme Court denies further Rhines appeals

July 18, 2013 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) The South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday denied further appeals in state court by Charles Russell Rhines, who has been on death row for two decades for the slaying of a man during the burglary of a Rapid City doughnut shop. Continue Reading

Eric Robert: From model citizen to death row

October 15, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Man headed to death chamber tonight had seemingly normal, productive life before turning to crime. Continue Reading

Inmate who killed guard to be executed Monday

October 13, 2012 in The Daily Republic

A man convicted of killing a South Dakota prison guard during a failed escape attempt is set to die by lethal injection Monday, the state Department of Corrections announced Friday.
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SD gov will not intervene in death penalty cases

October 11, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he does not plan to intervene in the upcoming executions of two men.
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Judge’s ruling paves way for Moeller execution

October 10, 2012 in The Daily Republic

A federal judge has approved the request by convicted murderer Donald Moeller to dismiss a challenge to the constitutionality of South Dakota’s execution method. Continue Reading

SD readies for 2 executions in next 3 weeks

October 9, 2012 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS (AP) The South Dakota State Penitentiary is readying for two executions in the next three weeks, barring last-minute legal twists involving inmates who have said they’re ready to die.
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Moeller tells judge he wants attorneys dropped

October 9, 2012 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS (AP) A convicted killer scheduled to be executed within the next month has written a federal judge saying he no longer wants to be represented by the Arkansas attorneys who’ve been challenging the constitutionality of South Dakota’s execution protocol.
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