Archive for Friday, April 28, 2000

Bledsoe found guilty

April 28, 2000

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— Jurors found Floyd S. Bledsoe guilty this morning of murdering and kidnappinng his 14-year-old sister-in-law, Camille Arfmann.

After 3 1/2 hours of deliberation over two days, jurors returned the verdict at 10 a.m.

The verdict came after 3 1/2 days of testimony. Prosecutors relied on statements from Bledsoe's brother, Tom, and various circumstantial evidence to make their case. Tom Bledsoe originally confessed to the killing. But he recanted, accusing his brother, and charges against him were dropped.

Jefferson County Attorney Jim Vanderbilt said he was "shocked" by the verdict.

"Knowing what happened and not being able to present all the evidence we could, we were worried," he said.

Defense Attorney John Kurth left the courthouse immediately after the verdict and was unavailable for comment.

Sentencing will be 9:30 a.m. June 8.

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