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Federal court reverses release in murder case

Convict’s bond revoked

June 28, 2009


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Convicted murderer Floyd Bledsoe’s release from prison will be short-lived, as the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals last week reversed a September decision by a lower federal court granting his release from prison based on ineffective assistance of counsel.

Bledsoe, 32, was convicted of first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated indecent liberties with a child in Jefferson County for the 1999 killing of his 14-year-old sister-in-law, Zetta “Camille” Arfmann. Bledsoe was sentenced to life in prison for the murder that occurred near Oskaloosa.

Attorney Alice White from the Paul E. Wilson Defender Project at Kansas University, who represented Bledsoe in his appeals, said Bledsoe had been living under a supervised bond after Federal Judge Richard Rogers of Topeka granted his release last year. White said Bledsoe’s bond had been revoked Friday and when she spoke with him by phone, he was on his way to turn himself into authorities.

White said she was disappointed in the decision and that she continues to believe in Bledsoe’s innocence.

“We’re pretty devastated,” she said.

White said that the Defender Project will continue to assist Bledsoe, though the options, which include asking the 10th Circuit to review the case, are limited following the decision.

Bledsoe’s case was appealed to the federal courts after his convictions were upheld by the Kansas Supreme Court in 2002.

The reversal came after the Kansas Attorney General’s Office appealed the September ruling that freed Bledsoe, which cited ineffective assistance of counsel.

Arfmann’s body was found Nov. 7, 1999, on land owned by Bledsoe’s family after she went missing three days before.

Bledsoe’s brother, Tom Bledsoe, originally confessed to the crimes and was initially charged in Arfmann’s murder. The gun used to kill Arfmann was owned by Tom, and he led police to her body.

However, Tom later recanted his statements and implicated Floyd as the murderer. Tom was released from jail and Floyd was arrested and charged with the murder.

Floyd Bledsoe has continually maintained his innocence of the crimes, White said.


MamaB 8 years, 9 months ago

I am so glad to hear that this worthless, piece of crap is going back where he belongs! Floyd Bledsoe is an embarrassment to the town of Oskaloosa! Camille would have graduated in my class, but Floyd took her life... he DESERVES to be locked up for the rest of his life and suffer just as much, if not more, than Camille did!! I don't know how anyone would want to defend him, or could have the heart to defend a man that killed an innocent girl!!

I hope, for the sake of Camille's family, the town of Oskaloosa and the State of Kansas, that this JERK (that's the nicest way I could put it), rots in prison!! He doesn't deserve to be set free!

Music_Girl 8 years, 9 months ago

I was shocked when he was released in the first place. I am glad they reversed the ruling. His crime was absolutely horrible and I hope he doesn't get out unless they can prove beyond reasonable doubt that he didn't do it, "ineffective counsel" or not.

rycast 8 years, 9 months ago

Justice is still not served and the guilty is married with kids of his own. Monsters breed monsters. Floyd Scott’s father and brother are far from innocent in all this. Disgrace of “Oskaloosa”, that’s a laugh. The town school system had a chance to stop the abuse that was going on in this family long before Camille entered the picture. Counselors at the school system failed to report abuse that was going on and change the future outcome in this child’s life. It was reported to the counselor’s at the high school with enough proof that would have made sure Floyd Scott’s father and mother were not allowed to infect any more children with their mental sickness. Instead the town ignored it and now Camille lies in a grave and no answers to what really happened. Jefferson County did a great job at blotching an investigation and allowed a confessed killer to get off the hook. Their was a ton of things that the police failed to uncover about this family that would have shed a different light and provide answers into why this young child died. The killer learned, at an early age that violence and love goes together. He had learned that at home by watching his father. He started off hurting and even killing small animals and then took it to children. His first victims his parents covered for him and this he learned to shift the blame of his actions to others.

I hope that for the sake of Camille's family, the town of Oskaloosa and the State of Kansas, that justice will be served to the guilty. So far it has not.

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