Death Penalty Hearing



The next hearing in the case of a Minnesota man sentenced to death for killing a University of North Dakota student in 2003 has been delayed six months.

Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. of Crookston, Minnesota, is appealing his conviction and sentence for kidnapping and killing Dru Sjodin, of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. Rodriquez filed what is considered his final appeal in 2011.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson says the hearing is being moved from December to July to allow lawyers time to review evidence and "frame up the issues."
 

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