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Despite Favorable Blood Evidence, Soering Remains Jailed

Despite recent DNA evidence casting doubt on his guilt, Jens Soering, the German honor student who came to the University of Virginia and was convicted of killing his girlfriend's parents, will not go home during the McAuliffe administration, which ends next month.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, McAuliffe says his office is swamped, "I receive 15 to 20 pardon requests a week, about a thousand a year."

Murder Charge Upgraded in Charlottesville Rally Death

The young man accused of ramming his car through counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in August saw his charges upgraded Thursday from second-degree to first-degree murder. Twenty-year-old James Alex Fields drove from Ohio to the Unite the Right Rally and ended up driving into pedestrians. A judge agreed to upgrade the initial second-degree murder charge to first-degree, which could carry a life sentence. And that's okay with resident Rosia Parker. "When you come to somewhere and you commit a crime, you do the time," she said.

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