A German convicted of killing his girlfriend's parents has made his way home after three decades in a US prison. But some investigators, including a sheriff, have cast doubt on his role, saying he may have been innocent.
Convicted German murderer Jens Söring arrived in Frankfurt on Tuesday after being deported by US authorities.
"This is the most beautiful day of my life," he said after landing. "I am so happy and grateful."
Both eventually pleaded guilty to the murders, although Söring later withdrew his plea, saying he was manipulated into protecting Haysom since he believed his father's diplomatic immunity extended to him.
In 2017, a Sheriff who investigated his case eventually concluded that Söring was not responsible for the murders and was not present when they occurred.
Söring, now 53 years old, received two lifelong sentences for the murders, while Haysom was handed two consecutive 45-year sentences for accessory to murder.
They were released on parole following several failed requests. Virginia Governor Ralph Norman eventually agreed to their release but noted that they would not be pardoned. They are both banned from re-entering the US.