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Published November 23, 2009, 06:31 PM

Rodriguez Asks For New Hearing

A man sentenced to death for the killing of a University of North Dakota student is asking for a new hearing in front of a federal appeals court.

A man sentenced to death for the killing of a

University of North Dakota student is asking for a new hearing in

front of a federal appeals court.

Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., of Crookston, Minn., a convicted sex

offender, was found guilty in 2006 of killing 22-year-old Dru

Sjodin of Pequot Lakes, Minn. She was kidnapped from a

Grand Forks shopping mall on Nov. 22, 2003, and her body was found

the following April. Authorities said she had been raped, beaten

and stabbed.

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in

September affirmed the death sentence against Rodriguez. He filed a

motion Monday asking for a rehearing in front of the entire circuit

court.

Rodriguez said the September ruling conflicts with other circuit

court and Supreme Court rulings.

Federal prosecutors could not be reached for comment.

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