Jens Soering Speaks About New Witness, Haysom, Parole
(by Noreen Turyn, WSET-TV, Lynchburg, March 25, 2011, Link)
Buckingham Co., VA - Jens Soering says he's not asking that anyone believe he's innocent. But he does feel the new witness, Tony Buchanan, plus the new DNA results which did not specifically link him to the crime give the governor all he needs to grant parole.
And he feels Major Ricky Gardner has every reason to dispute the new information.
"Mr. Gardner is not a neutral party in this. He's trying to preserve his reputation, his career, his life's work."
Soering says Buchanan's revelation that he saw Elizabeth Haysom with another man at his shop just a few months after the killing, with a bloody knife and footprints in the car, does not fit with the case that has been built against him all these years. But he says it fits perfectly with the story he's been telling since claiming his initial confessions were false- that Elizabeth Haysom and an unknown accomplice killed her parents.
"This person exists. We've got his DNA, we've got his fingerprints and we've got a witness seeing him, okay. All we have to do now is convince Mr. Gardner to do his job."
Soering says had all this new information been available 20 years ago, his case would never have gone to trial.
"Any lawyer any prosecutor would be very very reluctant to take this near a courtroom because if any jury heard that evidence, they're going to acquit, because there's reasonable doubt here, with Tony Buchanan and the 42 DNA samples, there's reasonable doubt."
Haysom is serving two 45 year sentences for being an accessory to murder. She couldn't be tried for murder even if she admitted to it now, but recently told the Associated Press that Soering's claims of innocence are false, and they are both equally guilty.
"Her most powerful argument for being granted parole is that supposedly she wasn't at the crime scene. And she was way off in Washington, D.C. so why not let her go. The last thing she can afford to do is admit at this stage what really happened."
But Soering says he knows he's innocent, and doesn't care anymore if anyone else believes him. He's been denied parole six times already, and says he deserves it even without new evidence.
"What I'm urging the governor to do is to parole me. Not because of the DNA, not because of the new witness, and not because I'm innocent. Parole me because I'm a model prisoner and I've written seven books. That way nobody has to admit a mistake was made, Mr. Gardner gets to keep his reputation, and that's the easy solution for everybody."
Soering's Attorney, Gail Ball, says they do know the Governor is considering the case, but there's no word on if or when he'll have a decision.