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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Hearing scheduled in motion for Rodriguez appeal; he killed Sjodin

  • Defense attorneys in October 2011 filed a federal habeas corpus motion, considered the last step in the appeals process.
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  • 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 (shuh-DEEN') of Pequot Lakes, Minn., in 2003.
    Defense attorneys in October 2011 filed a federal habeas corpus motion, considered the last step in the appeals process. The 298-page document claims, among other things, that Rodriguez is mentally disabled and his trial team was ineffective.
    Prosecutors have filed a motion asking for results from several mental health examinations. Defense attorneys say the government has the notes it needs.
    A hearing on the motion is scheduled Tuesday in Fargo.

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