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Soering claims he should be let out of prison

(by Tom Wilmoth, Bedford Bulletin, August 31, 2016, Link)

Major Ricky Gardner isn’t changing his views on the guilt of convicted double-murderer Jens Soering, no matter what Soering’s lawyer may argue.

“Mr. (Steven) Rosenfield’s announcement this week does not change the status of Jens Soering’s conviction. In fact, these results have been publicly known for several years,” Gardner said of disputed blood evidence in the case.

“Based upon the totality of evidence that was presented in Soering’s trial in June 1990, I remain confident that he perpetrated these heinous crimes,” Gardner added.

With the possibility of additional legal actions Gardner said in a statement that he did not feel it was appropriate to make any additional comments at this time.

“In June 1990, this case was tried and decided in a court room and not in the media,” he stated.

Soering has petitioned Gov. Terry McAuliffe for “an absolute pardon” and parole based on evidence that blood found at the scene was not his as was submitted at trial.

Soering is attempting to make his case using a documentary movie entitled The Promise. The movie is a German made documentary, done in English, that first appeared at the Munich Film Festival  in June.  It will be coming to American theaters later this year.

Soering’s lawyer stated in a press release that the movie” helps to demonstrate the weakness of the evidence that convicted Jens Soering.”

The movie includes interviews with key players and footage from the trial.

Rosenfield stated that newly developed evidence shows scientifically that the police investigation “was poorly handled and continues to be poorly handled.”

At the heart of that argument is an analysis of the type-O blood found at the scene of the 1985 murder of his girlfriend’s parents, Derek and Nancy Haysom.

“Lab reports will prove that Jens is innocent,” Rosenfield stated.

That analysis concludes that at least some of the type-O blood discovered at the scene was not Soering’s blood. The conclusion, based on that, is that someone else was there to commit the murders, not Soering, according to his attorney.

McAuliffe has already turned down one request by Soering, a native of Germany and son of a foreign diplomat, to be transferred back to Germany. Soering is currently serving two life terms for the murders of the Haysoms.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Soering, now 50, stated: “”This is no longer about believing me. Unless you’re a climate-change denier and creationist and you don’t believe in DNA, then you have to believe I’m innocent. The only other option is I did it with somebody else, whom I’ve been protecting for 31 years.”

Soering initially confessed to committing the murders but later recanted that confession, stating he was only trying to protect his girlfriend, Elizabeth Haysom, who actually committed the murders along with an unnamed accomplice. Elizabeth Haysom testified against Soering and is serving a 90-year sentence for admitting to being involved with the murders of her parents with him.

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