Rodriguez Lawyers Raise Questions About Rape EvidenceAlfonso Rodriguez Jr. of Crookston, Minnesota, is appealing his conviction and sentence for kidnapping and killing Dru Sjodin.
Prosecutors Ask To Depose Lawyer In UND Student Murder CaseAlfonso Rodriguez Jr. was sentenced to death for killing of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin.
Lawyers Of Dru Sjodin's Convicted Killer Ask To Transfer Death Penality CaseA new team of lawyers could be taking over the federal death penalty appeal of a man convicted of killing a University of North Dakota student in 2003, a change that could lengthen proceedings that have already run nearly a decade. Two specially appointed death penalty experts along with lawyers from the Minnesota public defender office have been handling the final appeal for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.
Questions, Answers About Rodriguez AppealNearly a decade after jurors convicted Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. in the kidnapping and killing of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin, several members of the panel found themselves back in the courtroom this week — now on the witness stand themselves.
Lawyers Allege Juror Misconduct In ND Death Penalty CaseAn attorney for a man convicted of the 2003 killing of a University of North Dakota student spent several hours Tuesday questioning a juror about alleged misconduct, including whether she withheld information on a questionnaire because shew as eager to be part of the proceedings. Jurors in 2006 convicted Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., of Crookston, Minnesota, of kidnapping and killing Dru Sjodin, of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota.
Judge Denies Request To Close Part Of Rodriguez HearingA 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.
Inside The Razor Wire, Part 3: Dru Sjodin's LegacyThe 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.
Constitutionality Of MN’s Sex Offender Program QuestionedMinnesota 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."
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.
Shutdown Leads To Delay In ND Death Penalty AppealProsecutors 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.
Hearing Scheduled In Motion For Rodriguez AppealFederal 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.
Fighting Like A Girl ... Saved Her LifeA 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.