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Published July 22, 2010, 09:49 PM

Rodriquez Appeals Team Appointed

The 57-year-old Crookston man is awaiting execution for the 2003 kidnapping and killing of UND student Dru Sjodin.

A federal judge has appointed lawyers to work on what is considered the final step in the legal appeals process for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.

The 57-year-old Crookston man is awaiting execution for the 2003 kidnapping and killing of UND student Dru Sjodin.

A federal appeals court has upheld the death sentence.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson named Northwestern University law professor Joseph Margulies to lead Rodriguez's defense team.

Margulies has represented several death row inmates and recently defended Guantanamo Bay detainees.