Jens Soering

A retired FBI agent has come forward to join three seasoned law enforcement officers in calling for the release of Jens Soering, a former UVA honors student convicted more than 30 years ago for the murders of his girlfriend’s parents.  This latest announcement is based on new evidence of a psychological profile that pointed clearly to the couple’s daughter, Elizabeth Haysom, as the most likely killer. 

Criminal Injustice?

Mar 21, 2018
Virginia Festival of the Book

Despite mounting evidence of his innocence, the state of Virginia has again refused to parole Jens Soering.  A former honors student at UVA,  Soering was convicted of killing his girlfriend’s parents in 1985.  He has spent more than 30 years behind bars, trying to prove his innocence. 

Just before leaving office, former Governor Terry McAuliffe pardoned six people serving time in Virginia prisons.  Sandy Hausman reports on why he decided to free them and why many others who asked for a pardon remain behind bars.

Killing for Love

It appears Governor Terry McAuliffe will not pardon Jens Soering, a German citizen convicted of a double murder in Virginia 27 years ago.  A growing body of evidence suggests Soering is not guilty, and a documentary about his case will open Friday in New York and Los Angeles.  

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There’s new hope for a German man who’s spent three decades in Virginia prisons for a crime he says he did not commit.

Jens Soering was convicted in the bloody murders of his girlfriend’s parents when he was 18.  Now, the Director at the Institute for Actual Innocence at the University of Richmond’s law school, Mary Kelly Tate, says Soering could not be convicted if he were tried today.