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Experts: Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. Didn't Kill Minn. Native by Accident

Updated: 11/14/2013 7:36 AM
Created: 11/13/2013 5:07 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

After 10 years there are new details in the murder of Minnesota native Dru Sjodin.

The 416-page motion filed Wednesday is a response to what is considered the final appeal for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., convicted for kidnapping and killing Sjodin, of Pequot Lakes, Minn., in 2003.

In the motion, two medical experts who interviewed Rodriguez back in June concluded he was sane when he killed Sjodin 10 years ago.

Sjodin was 22-years-old when she was kidnapped by knifepoint from a mall parking lot in Grand Forks, N.D., on Nov. 22, 2003. Her body was found the next spring in a ravine a mile west of Crookston.

The new documents reveal Rodriguez didn't kill her by accident, as he has maintained for the past two years while on death row.

The documents also give chilling new details about how he chose her as a victim, stating she was on the phone and she had placed her key in the ignition of her car and her driver's side door was open.

Sjodin's mom, Linda Walker, called the newsroom Wednesday following our KSTP report. She disputed Rodriguez's claim that the driver's side door was open.

The motion goes into more detail about how Rodriguez says he killed Sjodin and how he placed a bag over her head when she began to bleed from the mouth to prevent blood from spilling into the car.

Rodriguez was a convicted sex offender. He abducted and killed Sjodin six months after he was released. 

Sixty-year-old Rodriguez sits on death row in Indiana.

Walker says she doesn't want to know what's all in the documents. She says Rodriguez is an evil person.

Warning: the court motion reveals disturbing details in the case. We've posted the following key parts of the court motion.

Page 241

Page 248

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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