Source: The New York Times
“Killing for Love” revisits the case of Elizabeth Haysom and Jens Soering, the University of Virginia student couple who were convicted in the 1985 killings of Ms. Haysom’s parents.
Ms. Haysom pleaded guilty to being an accessory before the fact, but Mr. Soering has maintained that he is not guilty and that he gave a false confession, later recanted, to protect Ms. Haysom, counting on his father’s status as a German diplomat to shield him.
Over the years, Mr. Soering has won allies who have contended his innocence or argued for his repatriation to Germany, where he holds citizenship. The documentary, which features a lengthy prison interview with him, is hardly the first reconsideration of the case.
In 2010, while serving as the state’s governor, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia recommended approval of Mr. Soering’s request to be sent to Germany where he would serve his prison term, though Mr. Kaine’s successor, Gov. Bob McDonnell, reversed that decision.
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