Retired FBI agent joins calls for Soering's release

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding says a former FBI agent has joined the ranks of people calling for Jens Soering's release.

Stan Lapekas is a retired FBI Special Agent who has written a letter to Governor Ralph Northam concerning the case.

He spent years working violent crime cases in Detroit and was the primary investigator in the Mike Hash case in Culpeper that resulted in hash being freed after serving more than a decade in prison for a murder he did not commit.

On Monday, Lapekas will attend a press conference in Charlottesville with retired Bedford County Sheriff's Office Investigator Chuck Reid, retired Charlottesville Police Department Detective Richard Hudson, and Harding.

According to a release, the conference will focus on FBI documents Lapekas has obtained that "contradict what the public has been told by law enforcement for many years."

Soering, a German national who was studying at the University of Virginia in the 1980s, was convicted of the 1985 murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom and sentenced to prison.

He reportedly confessed to the crime in order to protect his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Haysom, and because he believed his status as the son of a German diplomat would offer him diplomatic immunity.

In the years since, Soering has said he did not commit the crime and he has asked to serve his sentence in Germany and receive a pardon from various governors of the Commonwealth.

According to a recent DNA analysis, there was no evidence of Soering at the scene of the crime in Bedford County. However, there was evidence found of two, as of yet, unidentified males.

At this time, Soering's case is awaiting action from Governor Ralph Northam.

Monday's press conference will be held at City Space on the Downtown Mall.



 
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