Suicide note overturns murder conviction

(KSNT) – A Kansas man is free after spending 16 years behind bars for a murder his brother committed.

Floyd Bledsoe was serving a life sentence for killing his 14-year-old sister-in-law, Camille Arfmann. However, attorneys with the Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies at Kansas University released DNA evidence in late October showing semen found in Arfmann’s body likely belonged to Floyd’s brother, Tom Bledsoe.

Tom won’t serve any prison time after he was found dead from an apparent suicide inside his car in the parking lot of a Kansas Walmart on November 9.

Jefferson County captain of detectives Kirk Vernon does not believe Tom’s suicide was a coincidence. His rationale is supported by three suicide notes Tom left behind – one addressed to his wife, one to his parents, and one addressed to “whomever cares.”

“I killed Camille Arfmann on November 5, 1999,” Vernon read from one of Tom’s suicide notes as he testified Tuesday.

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