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Soering attorney sends evidence to parole board

(by Courteney Stuart, CBS19, December 12, 2016, 2016, Link)

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The fate of a former University of Virginia student convicted of a double murder in 1985 is once again in the hands of the Virginia Parole Board and Governor Terry McAuliffe.

CBS19 has obtained 40 pages of evidence submitted to the parole board and McAuliffe following the Dec. 1 parole hearing for Jens Soering. Included is DNA evidence that suggests two men other than Soering were involved in the crime.

"All of this completely upsets the Commonwealth's theory that Jens Soering went down from Washington, D.C. and committed this crime by himself," said Soering's attorney Steve Rosenfield.

Soering and his then-girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom were convicted of murdering her parents, Derek and Nancy Haysom. Soering confessed, but has since maintained that he is innocent and that he did so to spare Haysom.

Earlier this year, Rosenfield revealed that DNA testing showed that Type O blood at the scene previously believed to be Soering's was not his. Rosenfield said additional evidence now shows that type AB blood found at the scene of the murder and originally believed to belong to Nancy Haysom actually came from another unidentified male.

"This is really big news, and we've just shared it with the parole board, who acts on behalf of the governor in conducting an investigation both for the governor and for themselves in determining whether to grant Jens Soering parole," said Rosenfield.

The evidence also includes a letter from the original investigator in the case, who writes that he believes Soering is innocent. A high ranking German politician has also written to McAuliffe asking that Soering be released to his home country.

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