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