Extensive pretrial publicity regarding the case of Elizabeth Haysom, accused of killing her parents in 1985 in their Bedford County, Va., home, could warrant a request for a change of venue, one of Haysom's lawyers said yesterday.
Hugh J.M. Jones III of Lynchburg, Va., said newspaper and broadcast executives in Roanoke, Lynchburg and Bedford, Va., have been issued subpoenas ordering them to turn over all stories and news scripts about the Haysom case.
"We are considering a change of venue," Jones said. "We feel the coverage has been excessive to the extent there is almost universal knowledge of the case."
Haysom is to go on trial Aug. 24 in Bedford County Circuit Court.
The case has attracted widespread media attention in Virginia and London, where Haysom and her West German boyfriend, Jens Soering, were arrested on check-fraud charges in 1986.
Haysom, 23, faces two counts of first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of Derek Haysom, 71, a wealthy retired Canadian steel executive, and his wife, Nancy Astor Haysom, 53.
Soering, 20, who faces first-degree and capital murder charges, is being held in a London jail and is appealing an extradition order.
Haysom did not fight extradition and was returned to Virginia in May.