Soering files: When the DNA test muddies the truth
Jens Soering says he's innocent of killing his girlfriend's parents. But he confessed. And his girlfriend confessed to being an accessory. And now the Progress's Tasha Kates has written a story with this shocker: "According to the certificate of analysis dated Sept. 24, 2009, Jens Soering and Elizabeth Haysom were eliminated as contributors to testable DNA samples on the submitted items, which included everything from stains on the floor to a picture on the wall."
Sounds like another pair of innocents railroaded into a false confession, right? Wrong.
This is a case with voluminous evidence that this pair wanted her parents dead and that they had the motive, means, and opportunity. Anyone who read the stories about the case would remember how they bought two tickets to a movie in D.C. and then inexplicably returned their rental car with an extra 500 miles on the odometer. Oh, and then they fled to Europe when investigators began asking questions. And that was before they confessed.
So don't think that there are some other O.J.-esque "real killers" out there. Yes, there's still some tiny doubt over which of the two–- Jens or Elizabeth Haysom–- actually wielded the knife. But any suggestion that the two are innocent of the plot is poppycock.
At the end his term, Virginia governor Tim Kaine tried to send Soering back to Germany, where reports suggested gentle treatment, but incoming governor Bob McDonnell undid the deed.