“I’m just grateful:” Wrongly imprisoned for 16 years, brother’s suicide notes have set him free

"A man in Kansas has been declared innocent after spending 16 years in prison for murder. 39-year-old Floyd Bledsoe is now a free man.

'I’m just grateful,' Bledsoe said.

Judge Gary Nafziger overturned his convictions for first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated indecent liberties in the death of his sister-in-law Camille Arfmann.

Arfmann was found dead with four gunshot wounds — one to the back of her head — back in 1999.

Floyd Bledsoe released after his 2000 Jefferson County murder conviction is overturned

"After 16 years behind bars for a murder his brother eventually took responsibility for, Floyd Bledsoe is a free man.


Bledsoe, who has been represented by attorneys with the Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies at the University of Kansas Law School and Midwest Innocence Project, smiled during much of Tuesday’s proceedings and hugged teary-eyed well-wishers after the judge agreed to release him. A crowd of roughly 50 people cheered inside the courtroom when the judge’s decision was announced."

Judge overturns Bledsoe's murder conviction, released after 16 years behind bars

A Kansas man who had served more than 15 years of a life sentence for the 1999 shooting death of his sister-in-law is a free man, after a county judge overturned his conviction.

Floyd Bledsoe was ordered released Tuesday after attorneys presented new evidence that implicated his late brother in the death of 14-year-old Camille Arfmann.


Attorneys claim new DNA testing uncovers truth behind 1999 Oskaloosa murder

"For nearly a decade, lawyers with the Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies have combed trial testimony and evidence in search of something that will free Floyd Scott Bledsoe, 38, from the prison cell he occupies at Lansing Correctional Facility.

Last month, they may have found it.


'We often say we believe our client is innocent,' said Elizabeth Cateforis, supervising attorney for the Project for Innocence. 'Floyd is innocent. There’s no belief about it.'

Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence at KU files motion in 15 year old murder case

"The Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies filed a Motion to Vacate Judgment and Discharge from Custody on behalf of Bledsoe at the Second Judicial District Court in Jefferson County Monday.

In 2000, Bledsoe was sentenced to life in prison for the death of his 14-year-old sister-in-law, Camille Arfmann, near Oskaloosa. Bledsoe was originally convicted of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and indecent liberties of Arfmann; however, DNA testing presented by the defense may exonerate him of all charges.


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