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Soering, Haysom to be Paroled in 1985 Double-Killing

Crime Scene Photo of Haysom Home
Crime Scene Photo of Haysom Home and Elizabeth Haysom and Jens Soering.

A pair of former University of Virginia first-year honors students and lovers, convicted after the gruesome 1985 double-slaying of her parents, have won parole, according to their supporters. Hawes Spencer has this report 34 years after the deaths of Derek and Nancy Haysom.


Hawes Spencer:  Elizabeth Haysom, daughter of the victims, pleaded guilty as a plotter-- and blamed her boyfriend, Jens Soering, a German national convicted of first-degree murder. Recent DNA evidence convinced Albemarle Sheriff Chip Harding that Soering is innocent.

Sherriff Chip Harding:  "I'm ecstatic for Jens Soering."

Spencer:  Harding says Soering falsely confessed to spare his girlfriend.

Harding:  "He's given up all his 20s, his 30s, and 40s; and he's now into his 50s for a stupid mistake he made basically as a teenager."

Spencer:  The parole board didn't go that far. It recommended against the absolute pardon that Soering had sought. The two will be deported to ancestral homes: she to Canada and he to Germany.

In Charlottesville, Hawes Spencer for VPM News.

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