Law and Crime

Part 5 in a Series
1:41 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Why a Convicted Killer Could Be Paroled

Soering Supporters Protest in Berlin

When former Governor Tim Kaine approved the transfer of a German national from the Buckingham Correctional Center to his homeland four years ago, his political opponents were furious, and as soon as he took office, Governor Bob McDonnell blocked the deal. 

The prisoner was Jens Soering, a University of Virginia honors student, convicted in the brutal murder of his girlfriend’s parents when he was 18.  During the current campaign for governor neither candidate has mentioned Soering, the prisoner’s future could depend on who is elected.

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Part 4 in a Series
12:06 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Jens Soering: Politics & Diplomacy Could Set Him Free

The Virginia Parole Board has, again, refused to release Jens Soering, a former honors student from the University of Virginia, convicted of killing his girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom’s parents with a knife. 

She is also behind bars as an accomplice to the gruesome crime.  Both have been model prisoners, and both are eligible for parole or a pardon from the governor. 

Pressure from Soering’s homeland, Germany, is building, and some prominent people here in Virginia question his guilt.

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Law & Crime
5:55 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Justices Reverse VT Wrongful Death Verdict Against State

The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a wrongful death verdict stemming from the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, which killed 32 people.

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Part 3 in a Series
4:24 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Jens Soering: New Turns in Infamous Virginia Case

Since his trial in 1990, former UVA honors student Jens Soering has maintained he did not kill his girlfriend’s parents – a prominent couple from Bedford County, though initially he did confess to the crimes.

But after he was convicted, new information came out, and the German government asked Virginia to send Soering – a German citizen – home.

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Part 2 in a Series
2:47 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Jens Soering: Doubts, Politics & Possible Parole

Four years ago, then Governor Tim Kaine was talking with the Justice Department about transferring Jens Soering back to his homeland, Germany. 

A jury had found the former UVA honors student guilty of killing his girlfriend’s parents in Bedford County. 

Jens at first confessed to the crime, then said he did so only to protect the actual killer -- the woman he loved. 

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