Dru Sjodin

Prosecutors drop appeal in Sjodin killing but will still seek death penalty

FARGO (KVRR) – Federal prosecutors have suddenly dropped their appeal of a judge’s ruling in September that overturned the death sentence for Alfonso Rodriguez, the man convicted in the 2003 kidnapping and death of Dru Sjodin. On March 3, the U.S. Attorney’s office filed documents stating that prosecutors intended to ask a federal appeals court to overturn Judge Ralph Erickson’s…

Rodriguez defense says appeal to reinstate death penalty should be dismissed

Alfonso Rodriguez FARGO (KVRR) – Defense attorneys claim federal prosecutors lacked jurisdiction when they recently appealed a federal judge’s order that overturned the death penalty for Alfonso Rodriguez. On March 3, prosecutors said they intend to ask a federal appeals court to overturn Judge Ralph Erickson’s order in September that threw out the death penalty and ordered a new sentencing…

Feds will ask appeals court to reinstate death penalty for Rodriguez

FARGO (KVRR) – Prosecutors will ask a federal appeals court to reverse a federal judge’s order that threw out the death penalty for Alfonso Rodriguez, the man convicted of kidnapping and killing Dru Sjodin. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Fargo has filed a notice that says prosecutors intend to ask the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Judge Ralph…

Prosecutors begin round 2 of arguing Rodriguez death penalty

FARGO, N.D. — Prosecutors in North Dakota’s first and only death penalty case say defense attorneys are wrong by claiming the judge didn’t go far enough in explaining why he threw out the sentence for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. He was convicted of killing UND student Dru Sjodin. Judge Ralph Erickson in September ordered a new sentencing phase be conducted, saying…

The latest: Federal judge tosses Alfonso Rodriguez death sentence

Alfonso Rodriguez DRU SJODIN Dru SjodinDru Sjodin Drew Wrigley Drew Wrigley FARGO (KVRR) – A federal judge has thrown out the death sentence for a man convicted in the 2003 slaying of a North Dakota college student, saying new evidence shows that the medical examiner was “guessing” on the stand and defense lawyers did not adequately explore mental health evidence….

COVID-19 cases surge at federal death row prison in Indiana

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (KVRR) – The federal prison where Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. remains on death row has more COVID-19 cases than any other federal prison in the nation. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, there are currently 410 inmates and 3 staff members with confirmed active COVID-19 cases at the U.S. Penitentiary at Terre Haute, Ind. The Terre Haute…

Drew Wrigley Gets His Old Job Back As U.S. Attorney For North Dakota

It's a role Wrigley served in from 2001 to 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former U.S. Attorney for North Dakota, Drew Wrigley, has his old job back. Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer announcing that the Senate has confirmed Wrigley for the position. President Trump nominated him for U.S. Attorney for North Dakota last August. It’s a role Wrigley served in from 2001 to 2009 before serving as lieutenant governor with Gov….

President Trump Nominates Drew Wrigley As U.S. Attorney for North Dakota

Christopher Myers has served as acting and interim U.S. Attorney since March of 2015

FARGO, N.D. — President Donald Trump has nominated former Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley to serve as the U.S. Attorney for North Dakota. It’s a role Wrigley served in from 2001 to 2009 before serving as lieutenant governor with Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Wrigley’s highest profile case was the 2003 murder of UND student Dru Sjodin of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. The 2006…

Feds rejected Rodriguez offer to plead guilty to avoid death penalty

Alfonso RodriguezAlfonso RodriguezRead the letter by clicking here FARGO (KFGO) – Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., the man on death row for the 2003 kidnapping and murder of University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin, told federal prosecutors that he wanted to plead guilty to avoid the possibility of being sentenced to death. The information is in a letter obtained by KFGO…

Dru Sjodin’s Autopsy Evidence Under Dispute in Death Penalty Appeal

Linda Walker, Sjodin's mother, has sat in on every hearing since the appeal started on Tuesday

FARGO, N.D. — Forensic scientists are disputing autopsy evidence in the death penalty appeal for Alfonso Rodriguez. One of Rodriguez’s former attorneys took the stand. Forensic experts are disputing male DNA tests done by Dr. Michael McGee when he performed the initial autopsy on UND student Dru Sjodin. Those tests came back positive. This ultimately led to the rape conviction…