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Man Found Guilty in College Student’s Slaying

From Times Wire Reports

A convicted sex offender on trial in the state’s first death penalty case in more than a century was found guilty in Fargo of kidnapping and killing a college student who was seized from a shopping mall parking lot.

The jury will return next week to begin hearing evidence on whether Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., 53, should be executed under federal law for the slaying of 22-year-old Dru Sjodin.

The case was brought in federal court because Sjodin was taken across state lines.

She was abducted in Grand Forks but her body was found in Minnesota.

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