In-law jailed in slaying of teen-ager

OSKALOOSA — Hours after Thomas Bledsoe was released on bond, his brother was arrested in connection with the death of an Oskaloosa High School student.

On the same day Camille Arfmann was buried, the Jefferson County sheriff arrested her brother-in-law in connection with her murder.

Floyd Scott Bledsoe, 23, was arrested at 3 a.m. Saturday and is being held in the county jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, Sheriff Roy Dunnaway said.

Bledsoe, whose wife, Heidi, is Arfmann’s sister, has not been formally charged in connection with Arfmann’s disappearance and death last weekend.

Arfmann, 14, lived in the mobile home of Floyd Scott and Heidi Bledsoe, about a mile outside of Oskaloosa. Arfmann, whose mother lives in Winchester, stayed at her sister’s so she could ride the school bus to Oskaloosa High School, where she was a ninth-grader.

Arfmann disappeared on Nov. 5. She was last seen getting off a school bus at 4:20 p.m. and walking into her sister and brother-in-law’s mobile home at 15200 Fairview Road.

On Monday, when Arfmann’s body was discovered, Floyd Scott Bledsoe, who identified himself as Floyd Bledsoe Jr., complained bitterly to reporters about their not reporting Arfmann’s disappearance more quickly. He accused them of only being interested in the girl because of the manner of her death.

“It seems like you always jump in after the kill has been made,” Floyd Scott Bledsoe said.

He also said he had stopped cars passing in front of his home and asked the drivers whether they saw anything suspicious. Floyd Scott Bledsoe said he had been awake for 70 hours straight searching for Arfmann.

His brother Thomas E. Bledsoe, who was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in connection with Arfmann’s death, was released Friday night on his own recognizance, Dunnaway said.

The sheriff declined to say whether information provided by Thomas Bledsoe led to the arrest of Floyd Scott Bledsoe.

Floyd Scott Bledsoe’s arrest was based on “just information the investigation has brought out,” Dunnaway said.

On Tuesday, District Magistrate Judge Dennis Reiling ordered Thomas Bledsoe held without bond. Thomas Bledsoe’s release was arranged between his defense attorney Michael Hayes and County Attorney Jim Vanderbilt, the sheriff said.

As of late Saturday, Thomas Bledsoe still is charged with first-degree murder, Dunnaway said.

At Thomas Bledsoe’s first-appearance hearing Tuesday, Vanderbilt described Arfmann’s murder as “heinous” in arguing against setting a bond for Thomas Bledsoe.

Vanderbilt had nothing to say about the arrest of Floyd Scott Bledsoe and Thomas Bledsoe’s release on bond.

“I have no comment,” Vanderbilt said Saturday night as he left the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center.

Arfmann was reported missing at 12:50 a.m. Nov. 6. Friends, family and sheriff’s officers searched various sites in Jefferson County during the weekend, even bringing in bloodhounds from Leavenworth County to aid in the search.

Arfmann’s body was discovered at 2:30 a.m. Monday buried beneath trash and dirt in a ditch in a field north of the home where Thomas Bledsoe, 25, has lived all of his life with his parents. Thomas Bledsoe was arrested at 2:45 a.m. Monday.

Arfmann died of a gunshot wound.

Thomas Bledsoe and Floyd Scott Bledsoe were given land north of the Bledsoe home this summer as a bequest in the will of their grandmother Ida Bledsoe.

Thomas Bledsoe led sheriff’s officers to the ditch where Arfmann was buried.

Dunnaway said Floyd Scott Bledsoe’s arrest does not bring the investigation into Arfmann’s death to an end.

“I know it seems like a yo-yo to you guys,” he said. “It seems like a yo-yo to us.”

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Timeline: Floyd Bledsoe murder conviction overturned

● May 29, 2016 — Lawsuit filed by wrongfully convicted man details how law enforcement officials allegedly framed him

● May 21, 2016 — Floyd Bledsoe, wrongfully imprisoned for 15 years, pushes to end death penalty in Kansas

● May 10, 2016 — Floyd Bledsoe, wrongfully imprisoned for 15 years, says he was ‘framed,’ files lawsuit against Kansas justice officials

● Feb. 12, 2016 — Wrongfully convicted Floyd Bledsoe seeks videotaped interrogations in Kansas

● Feb. 8, 2016 — Kansas bill would allow $235K for wrongfully convicted man who spent 15 years in prison

● Jan. 18, 2016 — Jefferson County attorney doesn’t expect further action against former sheriff, others involved in wrongful murder conviction

● Jan. 17, 2016 — Bledsoe case spurs measure to allow compensation for wrongful convictions

● Jan. 10, 2016 — Requiring that police interrogations be recorded might have prevented tragedy of wrongful conviction

● Dec. 30, 2015 — ‘Who are you going to tell?’ — Floyd Bledsoe, wrongfully convicted of murder, discusses pain of prison, journey to forgiveness

● Dec. 27, 2015 — 1999 Oskaloosa murder case reopened; possibility that killer ‘had assistance’

● Dec. 13, 2015 — Web of lies, indifference to justice led to wrong Kansas brother being imprisoned for more than 15 years

● Dec. 13, 2015 — Kansas has no law on payouts for wrongly incarcerated prisoners

Dec. 8, 2015 — Judge throws out 2000 murder conviction, frees Oskaloosa man after 15 years in prison

● Nov. 13, 2015 — Original suspect in girl’s murder dies of apparent suicide as case about to be revisited

● Oct. 21, 2015 — KU Project for Innocence, Midwest Innocence Project seeks to free convicted murderer with DNA evidence

● July 8, 2012 — Objection to DNA testing not likely

● June 20, 2012 — Motion seeks DNA testing in 1999 murder of teen

● Sept. 30, 2009 — Further appeals limited in Bledsoe case

● July 5, 2009 — 1999 murder case won’t settle

● June 28, 2009 — Federal court reverses release in murder case

● Oct. 7, 2008 — Floyd Bledsoe, sentenced to life for murder of teen sister-in-law, set free; ineffective assistance of counsel cited

● Feb. 3, 2007 — Court upholds murder conviction

● Feb. 2, 2002 — Murder conviction is upheld

● Dec. 5, 2001 — Attorneys appeal conviction of teen-ager’s murderer

● Dec. 2, 2001 — Oskaloosa murder case to be heard

● July 15, 2000 — Victim’s family unsure justice was served

● July 15, 2000 — Bledsoe gets life

● July 14, 2000 — Bledsoe sentenced to life in prison

● June 23, 2000 — Bledsoe sentencing delayed

● May 31, 2000 — Lawyer: Mother’s story changes

● April 30, 2000 — Minister supports Bledsoe in spirit

● April 28, 2000 — Bledsoe found guilty

● April 28, 2000 — Bledsoe murder case goes to jury

● April 27, 2000 — Bledsoe charges amended

● April 27, 2000 — Bledsoe prosecution rests

● April 27, 2000 — Bledsoe murder trial wrapping up

● April 26, 2000 — Tom Bledsoe seeks to explain lies

● April 26, 2000 — Bledsoe told his mother he didn’t kill Arfmann

● April 25, 2000 — Pool of potential jurors knows all about case

● April 25 2000 — Trial starts in murder of girl, 14

● April 24, 2000 — Murder trial to begin today

● Dec. 10, 1999 — Family of victim tries to cope with pain, loss

● Dec. 10, 1999 — Murder suspect enters innocent plea

● Dec. 9, 1999 — Murder suspect to be arraigned

● Nov. 30, 1999 — Case pits brother vs. brother

● Nov. 18, 1999 — Friends relieved charges were dismissed against Oskaloosa man

● Nov. 16, 1999 — Wife proclaims husband’s innocence in girl’s death

● Nov. 14, 1999 — In-law jailed in slaying of teen-ager

● Nov. 14, 1999 — Family, friends mourn Camille

● Nov. 10, 1999 — Quiet hearing for defendant charged with girl’s slaying

● Nov. 10, 1999 — Bledsoe recieves murder charge

● Nov. 9, 1999 — Police hold relative of slain girl

● Nov. 9, 1999 — Girl’s death leaves family, children with questions


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