Final testimony in Rodriguez trial
Fargo, ND — Testimony in the Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. trial is over. Prosecutors put a psychiatrist on the stand Tuesday who challenged the conclusions of a defense witness.
Dr. Steven Pitt was the last government witness. He told jurors he does not believe Rodriguez has a major mental illness. Pitt disputed earlier testimony from a defense psychologist, who said Rodriguez has post-traumatic stress disorder.
Pitt said he interviewed Rodriguez for five hours and researched his files. He said Rodriguez has an anxiety disorder and sexual fantasies but has shown he can make choices.
Defense Attorney Richard Ney questioned Pitt's credentials and his findings.
Rodriguez was convicted by a federal jury of kidnapping and killing Dru Sjodin. Federal District Judge Ralph Erickson expects jurors will begin deliberating his sentence on Wednesday, deciding whether Rodriguez will spend life in prison or die by lethal injection.