Orderud convicts released

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Per Orderud, son of a couple murdered along with their daughter, Orderud’s sister, on the family farm in Sørum in May 1999, has been released from prison after serving 14 years for his role in the murders. His wife, Veronica Orderud, is due to be released next week.

News bureau NTB reported that Per Orderud has moved back to the family farm, which was the scene of one of the most sensational crimes in Norwegian history. On May 22, 1999, Orderud’s elderly parents Kristian and Marie and his sister Anne Orderud Paust were shot execution style in the house on the farm where the couple lived. The family had been divided over inheritance issues and Per Orderud and his wife Veronica were immediate suspects.

They pleaded innocent but wound up being convicted for contributing to premeditated murder. Veronica Orderud’s half-sister Kristin Kirkemo was also convicted and sentenced to 16 years in prison while her ex-boyfriend Lars Grønnerød was sentenced to 18 years in prison, all as accessories to the crime. No one was ever convicted of actually carrying out the triple murder.

Now they’re all out of prison, after having served two-thirds of their respective sentences. Kirkemo was released in 2011 and Grønnerød in 2013.

Veronica Orderud also intends to move back to the family farm with her husband Per and they may see the case reopened this spring. Private investigator Tore Sandberg claims he has new evidence in the triple murder and thinks they should have a new trial.

newsinenglish.no staff