FARGO, N.D. - A federal judge says two new expert witnesses will be allowed to testify on behalf of a man sentenced to death for killing a University of North Dakota student more than a decade ago.

Over objections from prosecutors, U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson ruled that the experts will be allowed to testify during an upcoming evidentiary hearing for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. The Crookston man remains on death row for the 2003 kidnapping and murder of UND student Dru Sjodin, who was abducted from a mall parking lot after her work shift.

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Dru Sjodin was a student at the University of North Dakota when she was abducted and murdered. Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr. was convicted in her death, and received the death penalty.

Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's office have opposed allowing testimony from a psychologist and a medical toxicologist. But Erickson says excluding evidence that could be helpful to Rodriguez is a "harsh and drastic remedy" and "is not justified in this case."

Rodriguez is appealing his conviction in Sjodin's murder. The hearing is scheduled for late January.