Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.
A judge has rejected a request by defense attorneys to close part of an evidentiary hearing for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., the Crookston, Minnesota, man sentenced to death for kidnapping and killing University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin in 2003.
Federal prosecutors say in court documents released Wednesday that a man sentenced to death for killing a University of North Dakota student nearly 10 years ago knew what he was doing and his final appeal should be dismissed without a hearing.
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.
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. Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., of Crookston, Minn., was sentenced to death after a jury found him guilty of raping, beating and stabbing Dru Sjodin of Pequot Lakes, Minn., in 2003.
A legal expert who has followed the death penalty case of a Minnesota man convicted for killing a University of North Dakota student says his final appeal could last at least three years.
A last ditch legal effort is being made to keep convicted killer Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr. off an Indiana Federal prison’s death row. Rodriguez, Jr. is the man convicted back in 2006 for the kidnapping, rape and killing of University of North Dakota college student, Dru Sjodin.