Man jailed 16 years for murder released on new evidence

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OSKALOOSA (KSNT) – Thirty-nine year old Floyd Bledsoe, convicted in 1999 for murder, was released by a Jefferson county district court judge Tuesday.

Bledsoe was convicted of his sister-in-law’s 1999 killing, but was in court Tuesday after new DNA testing was conducted. He was convicted of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated indecent liberties in the death of 14-year-old Camille Arfmann.

A new report finds that sperm from Arfmann’s body likely belonged to Bledsoe’s brother, Tom Bledsoe, who initially confessed before blaming Floyd Bledsoe. Tom Bledsoe was found dead of an apparent suicide soon after the DNA results were made public.

In testimony Tuesday afternoon, suicide notes left by Tom indicated he killed Camille and Floyd was not guilty. His note indicated the county attorney at the time made him confess to the crime. The three suicide notes were left for his wife, parents and those who may be concerned. At mid-afternoon, a judge decided to grant Floyd Bledsoe a new trail after newly discovered evident came to light. The hearing will re-convene Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, the judge then released Bledsoe from jail, 16 years after his conviction.

Arfmann disappeared from the mobile home she shared with Floyd Bledsoe, her sister and their two children after coming home from school.

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