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Sheriff supports freedom bid for Jens Soering, convicted of 1985 …

Albemarle County Sheriff J.E. “Chip” Harding (left) and state Sen. Ryan T. McDougle, R-Hanover, listened as Gil Harrington, mother of slain Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, addressed the Senate Courts of Justice Committee at the General Assembly Building in Richmond in January 2015.

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Sheriff supports freedom bid for Jens Soering, convicted of 1985 double murder

Albemarle County Sheriff J.E. “Chip” Harding (left) and state Sen. Ryan T. McDougle, R-Hanover, listened as Gil Harrington, mother of slain Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, addressed the Senate Courts of Justice Committee at the General Assembly Building in Richmond in January 2015.

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Albermarle sheriff supports freedom bid for Soering, convicted of 1985 double murder

Albemarle County Sheriff J.E. “Chip” Harding is supporting a bid for freedom for Jens Soering, a German national convicted of the 1985 murders of his girlfriend’s parents in Bedford County.

And a new report from an expert requested by Soering’s lawyer questions the work done by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in 2009, which subjected evidence recovered from the bloody crime scene to DNA testing not available at the time of the murders.

In a case that has generated national and international attention for decades — recently a German film and an American book — Soering has a pardon request pending before Gov. Terry McAuliffe based in part on the DNA test results.

Reached by telephone Tuesday, Harding said, “I would hope [McAuliffe] would at least consider a conditional pardon and let him go back to Germany.”

In his 19-page letter to McAuliffe, Harding said that after spending 200 hours as a volunteer

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Sheriff supports freedom bid for Jens Soering convicted of 1985 double murder

Albemarle County Sheriff J.E. “Chip” Harding is supporting a bid for freedom for Jens Soering, a German national convicted of the 1985 murders of his girlfriend’s parents in Bedford County.

And a new report from an expert requested by Soering’s lawyer questions the work done by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in 2009, which subjected evidence recovered from the bloody crime scene to DNA testing not available at the time of the murders.

In a case that has generated national and international attention for decades — recently a German film and an American book — Soering has a pardon request pending before Gov. Terry McAuliffe based in part on the DNA test results.

Reached by telephone Tuesday, Harding said, “I would hope (McAuliffe) would at least consider a conditional pardon and let him go back to Germany.”

In his 19-page letter to McAuliffe, Harding said that after spending 200 hours as a volunteer

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Convicted killer denied parole

A local family is breathing a little easier because a man who killed their loved one will remain behind bars.

Tony D. Hartsell will spend at least another three years in prison.

Hartsell is serving a life sentence for killing 84-year-old Merle Lee Guinn 23 years ago. Though time has passed, the wounds will never completely heal, says Guinn’s niece, Donna Avagliano.

Avagliano remembers her aunt as a caring, church-going woman who had concerns about living alone. The retired hairdresser’s fears were realized when a neighbor broke in and stabbed her to death.

Hartsell talked with media shortly after the lethal attack, expressing sorrow for the loss of his neighbor. He later found himself charged with the woman’s death, and in 1995 he was convicted of first-degree murder.

Sentenced to life in prison, Hartsell still has a chance of being set free. Because of changes in sentencing structures, Hartsell’s

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