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Judge tosses death sentence in Dru Sjodin slaying

Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. has been on death row for nearly two decades. Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. has been on death row for nearly two decades. |  Photo: WDIO File; May 21, 2013

DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press
Created: September 07, 2021 01:25 PM

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out the death sentence for a man convicted in the 2003 slaying of a North Dakota college student. Judge Ralph Erickson ruled Friday that misleading testimony from a medical examiner and limitations on mental health evidence violated Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.’s constitutional rights. He ordered a new sentencing phase be conducted.

Rodriguez has been on death row for nearly two decades. He was convicted of killing Dru Sjodin, a Minnesota woman who was abducted from a Grand Forks mall parking lot in November 2003.

Rodriguez, a sex offender, was arrested the following month.

Sjodin’s body wasn’t found until the following April near Crookston, Minnesota.
 

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