“I didn’t mean to kill her,” Man’s suicide note admits to murder, sets innocent man free

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OSKALOOSA, Kan. – A Kansas man is free after spending 16 years in prison for a murder his brother committed.

Floyd Bledsoe was convicted of murdering his 14-year-old sister-in-law, Camille Arfmann on Nov. 5, 1999.

On Nov. 5, 1999, Camille stepped off a school bus and was never seen alive again.

Her body was found three days later with several gunshot wounds.

After spending 16 years in prison for the crime, KSNT says Floyd Bledsoe was recently released when new evidence proved that he couldn’t have committed the murder.

Attorneys with the Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies at Kansas University released DNA evidence showing semen found on Camille’s body likely belonged to Floyd’s brother, Tom Bledsoe.

Tom Bledsoe was found dead from an apparent suicide on Nov. 9 and he left behind three suicide notes.

“I killed Camille Arfmann on November 5, 1999,” a detective read from the note. “I had sex with her, and killed her.”

In the note, Tom Bledsoe admitted that he ‘freaked’ when he realized the girl was only 14-years-old. He said he panicked, grabbed a gun and pushed her to the ground in an attempt to threaten her.

“When the gun went off behind her head, it was (an) accident. I didn’t mean to kill her,” the note read.

The note also led detectives to undiscovered physical evidence in the case.

Originally, investigators focused their investigation on Tom Bledsoe after they learned that he purchased bullets earlier in the day, which were linked to the girl’s murder.

However, Tom told officers that Floyd stole his gun, killed Camille and threatened to reveal embarrassing details about Tom’s past if he didn’t take the blame for the murder.

One week later, Floyd Bledsoe was arrested.

Now that he is a free man, Floyd Bledsoe says he wants to do “something peaceful.”

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