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Prosecutors Want Mental Health Notes on Rodriguez

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Federal prosecutors want the notes of mental health professionals who examined a man convicted of killing of a University of North Dakota student more than nine years ago. 

Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., of Crookston, Minn., was sentenced to death after a jury found him guilty of raping, beating and stabbing Dru Sjodin of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, in 2003. 

Defense attorneys in October 2011 filed a federal habeas corpus motion, considered the last step in the appeals process. The 298-page document claims, among other things, that Rodriguez is mentally disabled and his trial team was ineffective.  

Prosecutors have filed a motion asking for results from several mental health examinations. Defense attorneys say the government has the notes it needs. A hearing on the motion is scheduled today in Fargo.

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