Soering denied parole again

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An attorney for a former University of Virginia student who was convicted in the 1980s of murder says he has been denied parole again.

Jens Soering was arrested in 1986 for the deaths of Nancy and Derek Haysom in Bedford County.

He is a German national who was studying at UVA at the time and dating Elizabeth Haysom.

Soering initially confessed to the murders in a bid to protect Elizabeth, but he late recanted his story.

In the intervening years, officials say new evidence has been found that shows he is innocent of the crime, including DNA.

These officials include Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding, retired FBI Special Agent Stanley Lapekas, Charlottesville Police Sergeant Richard Hudson and former Bedford County Sheriff's Office Senior Investigator Chuck Reid.

Soering has sought a pardon from multiple governors of Virginia and says all he wants to do is return to his native Germany.

The German Embassy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also support calls for Soering's release.

On Wednesday, attorney Steven Rosenfield announced that the Virginia Parole Board has denied Soering parole for the 14th time.

Rosenfield says Soering has maintained an outstanding record during his many years in prison and has even published multiple books.



 
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