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ND appeals court denies rehearing in Dru Sjodin killing

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A federal appeals court has denied a rehearing for a Minnesota man sentenced to death for killing a University of North Dakota student.

      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.

      A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in September affirmed the death sentence against Rodriguez.

      Rodriguez asked for a new hearing in front of the entire circuit court, which was denied in an order released Thursday.