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Convicted killer's attorney files petition asking for absolute pardon

Jens Soering during a previous interview (WSET)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) - An attorney for convicted killer Jens Soering says he has filed a petition for an absolute pardon. In 1990 Soering was convicted in the 1985 murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom in Bedford county- his girlfriend at the time Elizabeth Haysom was convicted of being an accessory after the fact.

Attorney Steven Rosenfield said he filed the petition on Tuesday after he says new evidence has come forward. In 2009, samples that could be tested from the case revealed that Soering's DNA was not found on any of it.

Rosenfield now says that he's learned it was indeed the type O blood that was sampled for the DNA tests, which is Soering's blood type and was relied on in trial, so in other words, in at least this small sampling was NOT Soering's blood.

Next, Rosenfield says while doing an extensive documentary called "The Promise" which he showed on Wednesday, he found brand new information, including the notion that the FBI had allegedly developed a profile of the suspect which came back as a female. That written profile was never found and Bedford County Major Ricky Gardner, an investigator on the case at the time, adamantly denies any such profile was ever made.

In the documentary you hear from a Former FBI investigator who said he did it, as well as another detective on the case who had full memory of one.

And finally, a professional expert who spent months evaluating Soering, who basically backed up Soering's, claims that his original confession was false. "And we just got his report a little over a month ago and I didn't know what the results were going to be and he concluded that this was an unreliable confession for a host of reasons," said Rosenfield.

Now the petition will got to the Secretary of the Commonwealth who will determine whether to have the parole board investigate.

Soering also has a parole hearing next month, so Rosenfield has sent the petition there too.


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