Man freed from prison after 16 years because brother confessed to raping and killing teenage girlBy Mason White 3:19 PM December 13, 2015
By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A man has been jailed after being found guilty of raping and killing his wife’s teenage sister.
Floyd Bledsoe, 39, of Kansas, was sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of his 14-year-old sister-in-law Camille Arfmann in 1999.
However, after spending 16 years in prison, he was freed after new DNA evidence emerged which cleared Bledsoe and implicated his brother.
His brother, 41-year-old Tom Bledsoe, allegedly committed suicide after learning of the new DNA evidence. In 3 suicide notes that were found after his death, Tom Bledsoe confessed to raping and killing his brother’s sister-in-law.
A detective read the notes in court, in which Tom Bledsoe confessed to the crime and revealed evidence that only the killer would know.
Police said that DNA from Tom Bledsoe was found inside the girl and his father’s DNA was found on her socks.
In the suicide note, Tom Bledsoe wrote that he had sex with the girl on his father’s bed and that is how his DNA got on the sock.
He wrote that after learning that the girl was only 14 years old, he panicked, drover her to a ditch, pulled a gun on her and warned her not to tell anyone about their encounter, but the gun went off, accidentally killing her, he wrote.
Floyd Bledsoe was found guilty in 2000, and he was sentenced to life in prison, but he has always maintained his innocence.
Now, Jefferson County District Court Judge Gary Nafziger announced that the charges against him were dropped and that he will be released.