STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Issues Sjodin case raised need answers a decade later
By Don Davis
Dru Sjodins kidnapping from a Grand Forks, N.D., shopping mall 10 years ago this week began a discussion about what Minnesota should do with sex offenders, a discussion nearing a time fo... Posted on 11/18/13 at 5:09 PM
THE NEW FORTY Dru's Voice...
Theinvestigators'initial interview tapes with Alfonso Rodriguez have been released. The Forum posted the audio files online if you want to listen to them. I assume that folks in this area know that na... Posted on 2/15/12 at 2:25 PM
Linda Walker lives alone now in her house on the shore of Clamshell Lake, with Izzy, a Black Lab-Golden Retriever mix. It’s been 10 years since her daughter, Dru Sjodin, was abducted from the parking lot of Grand Forks’ Columbia Mall by convicted sex offender Alfonso Rodriguez, assaulted and killed.
Alfonso Rodriguez was not insane when he deliberately killed Dru Sjodin 10 years ago after kidnapping her from a Grand Forks mall, according to the prosecution’s medical experts, who interviewed him on death row this past summer.
Linda Walker, the mother of slain UND student Dru Sjodin and an advocate for victims of violence, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the “Take Back the Night” rally in UND’s Memorial Union Ballroom, the university said.
Federal prosecutors handling the death penalty appeal by a man convicted of killing a University of North Dakota student should have more time to respond because of the government shutdown, a judge ruled Thursday.
The three interviews were made four days after UND student Dru Sjodin disappeared from a Grand Forks mall parking lot. It shows investigators dismantling Rodriguez's alibi. The transcripts and audio recordings this week became more easily available to the public by a court order.
Hamline University law professor Joseph Daly says a federal judge will try to narrow the arguments in Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.'s latest appeal. Rodriguez was convicted and sentenced to death in 2006 for kidnapping and killing UND student Dru Sjodin.
Defense attorneys in October filed a federal habeas corpus motion, considered the last step in the appeals process. The 298-page document claims, among other things, that Rodriguez was mentally disabled and his trial team was ineffective. A status hearing is scheduled Jan. 9 in front of U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson.
Sjodin's attacker confused her with childhood abuser, lawyer says
The new appeal by Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. of his death sentence in the 2003 kidnapping and killing of UND student Dru Sjodin reveals details about Rodriguez’s version of the crime that have not been made public before.
Defense attorneys for kidnapper of Dru Sjodin expected to seek writ of habeas corpus to spare him death penalty. Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. already has lost two direct appeals, from being executed for the kidnapping and murder of former UND student Dru Sjodin.
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