RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The son of a German diplomat who is serving two life sentences for a double murder is asking Gov. Bob McDonnell to recommend his parole and deportation.
Jens Soering killed Derek and Nancy Haysom in Bedford County in 1985 and is serving two life sentences.
Soering cites the absence of his DNA from biological tests done on decades-old evidence left at the scene.
In a letter to McDonnell on Friday, an attorney for Soering asks the governor to consider a petition submitted in January that cites DNA tests that eliminate Soering as a contributor in dozens of samples retained before DNA testing was widely used. The samples were tested in 2009 as part of Virginia's post-conviction DNA testing program.
Former Gov. Tim Kaine ordered Soering's transfer before leaving office in 2010, but McDonnell revoked that request.
If transferred, Soering would be eligible for release after two years.