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Attorneys appeal conviction of teen-ager’s murderer

December 5, 2001

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Kansas Supreme Court justices heard arguments Tuesday in the appeal of a Jefferson County murder conviction.

Floyd S. Bledsoe, now 24, was convicted in April 2000 of murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated indecent liberties with a child in the November 1999 death of his 14-year-old sister-in-law, Camille Arfmann. Above left, Bledsoe looks over jury instructions with defense attorney John Kurth during deliberations April 27, 2000. Bledsoe was given a life sentence for the crime.

Tuesday, his attorneys argued that the case should be overturned. There was insufficient evidence to convict, they say, and an investigator shouldn't have been allowed to testify about his opinion of Bledsoe's truthfulness.

Attorneys also said that hearsay evidence about claims Bledsoe's 2-year-old son made should not have been admitted at trial.

Court officials did not say when a ruling will be made on the appeal.

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