Bedford County deputy releases statement affirming belief that Soering is guilty

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. – A deputy in the Bedford County Sheriff's Office believes Jens Soering is responsible for the 1985 double murder in the county.

On Wednesday, Albemarle County Sheriff J. E. "Chip" Harding held a news conference about how he's working to have Soering's case reopened.

Chief Deputy Maj. Ricky Gardner released this statement Thursday in regard to Soering's case:

No one wants to see an innocent person convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. However, I do not feel that is the case with Jens Soering. As I have said for years, I remain confident that Mr. Soering and Ms. Haysom are the only two people who benefited from the murders of Mr. and Mrs. Haysom and are the only two people responsible for their deaths. In fact, Ms. Haysom still maintains their guilt in her parents’ deaths to this day. 

Mr. Soering’s petition is presently in the hands of Governor McAuliffe and his Parole Board. I have spoken to his investigator who will be conducting the investigation. I have assured her that I will cooperate fully with her investigation and look forward to working with her