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Judge seeks to streamline Sjodin killer’s death penalty appeal

December 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

FARGO — Attorneys involved in Alfonso Rodriguez’s final appeal of his death sentence were asked by U.S. Judge Ralph Erickson to streamline the case if possible.
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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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After nightmare, Dru Sjodin is not forgotten

October 8, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS Ten years ago this week, University of North Dakota senior Dru Sjodin volunteered to hang up T-shirts with messages against violence for the eighth annual Clothesline Project organized by the Women’s Center on campus. Continue Reading

Shutdown leads to delay in ND death penalty appeal

October 3, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO Prosecutors handling the death penalty appeal by a man convicted of killing a University of North Dakota student will have more time to respond because of the government shutdown. Continue Reading

Parents of slain UND student in Rodriguez murder case: ‘Justice will be served’

May 21, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO It’s been 10 years ago this month since a Minnesota prison released Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. to his Crookston home, where he lived prior to kidnapping and killing University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin six months later. Continue Reading

Hearing scheduled in motion for Alfonso Rodriguez appeal

May 21, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

FARGO Federal prosecutors want the notes of mental health professionals who examined a man convicted of killing of a University of North Dakota student more than nine years ago. Continue Reading

Law prof: Rodriguez Jr. death penalty appeal could continue for another 3 years

January 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Hamline University law professor Joseph Daly says a federal judge will try to narrow the arguments in Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.’s latest appeal. Rodriguez was convicted and sentenced to death in 2006 for kidnapping and killing UND student Dru Sjodin.
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Deadline today for Rodriguez’s last appeal

October 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Defense attorneys for the kidnapper of Dru Sjodin are expected to seek a writ of habeas corpus to spare Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. the death penalty. Other appeals following 2007 conviction have failed. Continue Reading

Rodriguez appeal: Attorneys hold private hearing

September 26, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Attorneys held a private hearing by phone Monday in the appeal of Alfonso Rodriguez, the man awaiting an execution for murdering Dru Sjodin.
Lynn Jordheim, the first assistant U.S. attorney for North Dakota, declined to say what issues attorneys broached in the hearing, as it was closed to the public. Continue Reading