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Effect of mental disability ruling on Alfonso Rodriguez death penalty case is uncertain

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FARGO – Alfonso Rodriguez once boasted of reading hundreds of books, but dropped out of school at the age of 18 without graduating.

The man convicted of the 2003 kidnapping and murder of Dru Sjodin is mentally retarded, according to his lawyers, and therefore should be spared the death penalty.

But prosecutors argue that Rodriguez is not mentally disabled, and therefore should be executed, as allowed under federal law.

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