So the handle on the inside...the lock switch has 2 rods connected to it and what seems like a rivet to me...I am not able to pull it out or shimmy it or anything...There are three rods that you have to disengage from the latch/lock mechanism. One is short and on a vertical orientation, that connects the outside handle to the latch mechanism. I think (been a few months since I've worked on mine) you push the short rod towards the outside. The horizontal rods that connect the inside handle and the lock tab. I think those are pulled toward the interior. They should pop loose fairly easily. If you don't have a giant smartphone you should be able to fit it inside the door and take some photos. That's how I figured out how to get mine out. There's an electrical connection for the lock and the three Torx fasteners at the rear of the door and the latch mechanism should come out
Thank you for the 411...I feel like an idiot but it is resolved now...my hand is too big to fit so I had a friend help me out...The rods should pop straight up at the handle. A small screw driver or metal panel popper should be all that is required. It has a slight flare on the bottom of the rod to hold it into the plastic inserts. Pull the 4 10mm bolts holding the black metal brace out of the way as well.
At the actuator, you can see where the plastic has a "C" opening around the metal rods. A flat blade to pop it off the rod and rotate it 90* is all that is needed to release the lock, then you lift the rod out. The 3rd photo in your 2nd post.