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Rodriguez Talks About Killing Dru Sjodin in New Report


A case 10 years old is breaking new ground -- as a jail confession sheds light on what happened to Dru Sjodin.

Federal prosecutors in Fargo released new documents saying Alfonso Rodriguez was mentally competent when he killed Dru Sjodin -- this is in reply to Rodriguez' last appeal of his death sentence.

Document obtained by the Grand Forks Herald include various interviews between Alfonso Rodriguez and psychiatrists.

And they provide, in Rodriguez' own words -- what happened to Dru Sjodin.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Reisenauer says two medical experts who interviewed Rodriguez in June concluded he is not mentally handicapped, wasn't insane when he killed Sjodin and, by his own account, didn't kill her by accident.

Since he was convicted of Dru Sjodin's murder in September of 2006, Rodriguez has remained silent about his involvement.

Sjodin was 23 when Rodriguez abducted her at knife point outside the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks on November 22nd of 2003, and after various searches involving thousands of volunteers, Sjodin's body was found April 17th, 2004 west of Crookston.

All of Rodriguez's appeals have been denied.

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