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Attorney for Jens Soering holds news conference to discuss case

Jens Soering's attorney Steven Rosenfield
Jens Soering's attorney Steven Rosenfield (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

WSLS Staff and Associated Press – CHARLOTTESVILLE (WSLS 10) -- The attorney for Jens Soering is holding a news conference in Charlottesville at noon to discuss what he says is newly developed evidence that shows the decades old police investigation was poorly handled.

Soering is petitioning Governor McAuliffe for an "absolute pardon" and parole based largely on blood analysis.

He's currently serving two life terms for the 1985 murders of his ex-girlfriend's parents in Bedford County.

The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/2bMPfMB ) reports that Soering's petition submitted to McAuliffe this week says a blood analysis concludes that Soering, who has Type O blood, was not the source of at least some of the Type O blood found at the scene.

He initially confessed to killing the couple but then recanted. He said his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Haysom, killed her parents and told him afterward. Haysom is serving a 90-year sentence.

Soering, a German diplomat's son, has requested to be extradited back to Germany several times over the years.

In December, Governor Terry McAuliffe rejected the 50-year-old's most recent request and transfer petition to return to his home country.