Archive for Thursday, December 9, 1999

Murder suspect to be arraigned

December 9, 1999

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— The defense plans to offer two motions today when Floyd Bledsoe is arraigned on murder charges.

Arraignment of Floyd Bledsoe, the Jefferson County man charged with murdering 14-year-old Camille Arfmann, is today in Jefferson County District Court.

Bledsoe's court-appointed attorney, John Kurth of Atchison, predicted a brief courtroom session.

"Probably only 15 to 20 minutes," Kurth said.

Kurth said he plans to file two motions:

"One for discovery and the other for a deadline for the final autopsy," the attorney said.

Arfmann disappeared Nov. 5 from her sister's home near Oskaloosa. The teen's body was found Nov. 8 in a trash-filled ditch beside Bledsoe property. Floyd Bledsoe was the girl's brother-in-law.

While investigators have been reluctant to release many details about their investigation, Kurth said several guns were taken into custody.

"Not just 9 mm (guns)," he said. "They took guns from lots of folks."

Nine-millimeter shell casings were found near the body in the ditch, according to testimony given at Bledsoe's preliminary hearing Dec. 5.

Jefferson County Undersheriff Orin Turner said Wednesday that Bledsoe still was being held in the Jefferson County Jail.

Bledsoe is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

He is being held on $500,000 bond.

Bledsoe's brother, Thomas, originally was charged in Arfmann's murder, but charges against him were dropped Nov. 15 -- the same day murder charges were filed against Floyd Bledsoe.

During Floyd Bledsoe's preliminary hearing, Thomas Bledsoe said his brother confessed to him that he shot Arfmann after a sexual encounter went awry.

-- Donna Bergmann's phone message number is 832-7165. Her e-mail address is dbergmann@ljworld.com.

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