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Inside The Razor Wire, Part 3: Dru Sjodin’s Legacy

The brutal murder of 22-year-old Dru Sjodin is one of the most notorious crimes in Minnesota history. Alfonso Rodriguez was convicted of raping and murdering Sjodin after she left work on Nov. 22, 2003.

03/05/2014

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Constitutionality Of MN’s Sex Offender Program Questioned

Minnesota senators who met Monday at the Capitol say they must act quickly to modify the state’s sex offender treatment program before a federal judge does it for them. The judge has said lawmakers must alter the state’s system of keeping sex offenders in indefinite custody after they finish prison terms, or risk a ruling that it’s unconstitutional. Former Minnesota Chief Justice Eric Magnuson heads a task force that’s working to revise Minnesota’s sex offender treatment rules. “The way you are operating, it does not work because nobody gets treated, and nobody gets out,” Magnuson said. “And it is, in effect, a life sentence.”

11/18/2013

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Prosecutors Say Rodriguez’s Lawyers Did Good Work

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.

11/13/2013

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Shutdown Leads To Delay In ND Death Penalty Appeal

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.

10/03/2013

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Hearing Scheduled In Motion For Rodriguez Appeal

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.

05/21/2013

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Fighting Like A Girl … Saved Her Life

A woman who nearly died after being stabbed in a Minneapolis parking ramp by a stranger wearing a business suit is regaining her strength by sharing her story.

05/01/2013

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Prosecutors Ask For Psychiatric Exam Of Rodriguez

Federal prosecutors say they want their own experts to interview a man sentenced to death for kidnapping and killing a University of North Dakota student in 2003.

06/22/2012

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ND Death Penalty Appeal Could Drag For 3 Years

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.

01/16/2012

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Appeal Filed In Case Of Slain ND College Student

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.

10/18/2011

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Dru Sjodin’s Stepfather Dies Of Cancer

The man who threw himself into the search for his stepdaughter Dru Sjodin has died from colorectal cancer.

09/07/2011

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FBI Honors Mother Of Dru Sjodin For Her Advocacy Work

The mother of Minnesota native Dru Sjodin (Drew Shuh-DEEN’) is being honored by the FBI for her work in helping create the national sex offender’s database.

03/25/2011