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

News Park Rapids,Minnesota 56470
Park Rapids Enterprise
U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Dru Sjodin case
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

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.

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.