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U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Dru Sjodin case

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The U.S. Supreme Court says it will not hear an appeal by a man sentenced to death for kidnapping and killing a University of North Dakota student in 2003.

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The U.S. attorney's office in Fargo says the court announced on Monday it had denied the petition for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., who's currently on death row at a federal prison.

A legal team already has been named to handle a final appeal historically referred to as habeas corpus.

Twenty-two-year-old Dru Sjodin was abducted from the parking lot of a Grand Forks shopping mall in November 2003. Her body was found five months later near Crookston, Minn.

Rodriguez was a convicted sex offender when he was released from a Minnesota prison, months before Sjodin was abducted.

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