Archive for Thursday, April 27, 2000

Bledsoe murder trial wrapping up

April 27, 2000


— Attorneys prepared their final arguments this afternoon in the Floyd Bledsoe murder trial.

Bledsoe, 23, is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated indecent liberties with a child in connection with the death of his 14-year-old sister-in-law, Camille Arfmann.

Defense attorney John Kurth presented several witnesses Thursday morning before resting his case.

His main witness was Detective Randy Carreno of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. During his investigation, Carreno interviewed both Floyd Bledsoe and his brother Tom, who originally confessed to Arfmann's murder, but later recanted and accused Floyd.

Carreno testified that he accused Tom of lying in interviews after the charges were made against Floyd.

But under cross-examination from Jefferson Counnty Attorney Jim Vanderbilt, Carreno said that was a standard interrogation practice.

"So when you were accusing Tom of being a liar, he was actually telling the truth?" Vanderbilt asked.

"Yes," Carreno said.

Also among the witnesses Thursday morning was a man who said he saw a truck similar to Tom's near the site where Arfmann's body was found before the time Floyd allegedly confessed the crime to Tom.

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