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KU Project for Innocence, Midwest Innocence Project seeks to free convicted murderer with DNA evidence

Source: 
Lawrence Journal-World
Author: 
Caitlin Doornbos
Date: 
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

"Attorneys at KU’s Project for Innocence and the Midwest Innocence Project are asking a Jefferson County judge to reverse Floyd Bledsoe’s conviction and set him free in a motion filed Tuesday.

Bledsoe, 38, has been serving a life sentence for more than 15 years for the 1999 shooting death of Arfmann, his then-14-year-old sister-in-law.

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In September, the KU Project for Innocence received the results of long-sought DNA testing on swabs from Arfmann’s body and clothing, revealing that Tom Bledsoe’s DNA was consistent with semen found inside Arfmann and on one of her socks. It also showed that the Bledsoes’ father’s DNA was on one of Arfmann’s socks, consistent with coroner testimony that she was dragged to her gravesite by her ankles.

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'Students worked on a claim of actual innocence. They got to figure out how to investigate and find witnesses, and determine the evidence they need,' Cateforis said. 'It’s a great way to see how criminal justice works, and doesn’t work.'”