Key dates in the case of slain UND student Dru SjodinNov, 22, 2003: Sjodin disappears after talking with her boyfriend on cell phone while leaving her job in the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks. Police find her car in the mall parking lot.
Nov, 22, 2003: Sjodin disappears after talking with her boyfriend on cell phone while leaving her job in the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks.
Police find her car in the mall parking lot.
Nov. 26, 2003: Officers interview convicted sex offender Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. after getting a tip he was in Grand Forks on the day Sjodin disappeared.
Dec. 1, 2003: Rodriguez is arrested in Crookston, where he lived with his mother.
Dec. 9, 2003: Grand Forks County Sheriff Dan Hill confirms preliminary DNA match of blood in Rodriguez’s car to Sjodin, and says it’s unlikely she’s alive.
Dec. 12, 2003: National Guard troops from Minnesota and North Dakota join search for Sjodin for three days; no success.
April 17, 2004: Authorities announce Sjodin's body found in ravine near Crookston.
Aug. 30, 2006: Federal jury of seven women and five men finds Rodriguez guilty of kidnapping resulting in Sjodin’s death.
Sept. 22, 2006: Jurors sentence Rodriguez to death.
Feb. 8, 2007: Defense attorneys appeal after Rodriguez is formally sentenced to death.
Feb. 12, 2009: Defense attorneys and prosecutors give oral arguments before three judges of 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Sept. 22, 2009: 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denies Rodriguez appeal.