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“It does not appear that this is over,” Mr. Cuccinelli said.

Soering and Haysom fled the country after the murders, and later were caught in England and returned to the United States. Soering, a former University of Virginia student, confessed to the crime to protect Haysom from the death penalty, mistakenly thinking that his father’s status as a German diplomat would protect him. He is serving two life sentences, and she is serving a 90-year sentence as an accessory to murder.

Mr. Kaine had rejected a deal from German officials earlier in his tenure as governor that would have transferred Soering back to Germany because there was no guarantee of incarceration. The deal they later struck would have kept Soering behind bars for at least two years and would have prevented him from ever entering the U.S. again.

Despite the political back-and-forth and the emotion in the Bedford area and across the state the case has generated, Mark J. Rozell, a professor of public policy at George Mason University, said it was unlikely that it would have a significant impact on the race.

“Clearly, the drivers in this race will be perceptions of the state of the economy,” he said. “I’m not saying the issue is irrelevant. Particularly where it’s a local issue, it will have an impact, without a doubt. But overall, nothing is going to overshadow [the economy].”