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Published January 16, 2012, 05:34 PM

Rodriguez Death Penalty Appeal Could Drag On For 3 Years

(AP) — A legal expert who has followed the death penalty case of a Minnesota man convicted for killing a University of North Dakota student says his final appeal could last at least three years.

By: Associated Press,

(AP) — A legal expert who has followed the death penalty case of a Minnesota man convicted for killing a University of North Dakota student says his final appeal could last at least three years.

Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., of Crookston, Minn., has filed an appeal that asks for a new trial or sentencing hearing.

Rodriguez was convicted and sentenced to death in 2006 for kidnapping and killing Dru Sjodin.

Rodriguez has lost three previous appeals.

Hamline University law professor Joseph Daly says a federal judge will try to narrow the arguments in Rodriguez's latest appeal.

Daly says the process will require more testimony, briefs and rulings. He says, "It's not a retrial, but it's going to require witnesses and experts and it's going to take time."

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