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Motion seeks DNA testing in 1999 Oskaloosa murder

Published on -6/20/2012, 10:25 AM

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Attorneys supporting a man convicted in the 1999 murder of an Oskaloosa teenager are asking for a new DNA test.

The Project for Innocence filed a motion this week in Jefferson County seeking the DNA test for Floyd Bledsoe. He is serving a life sentence for the death of his 14-year-old sister-in-law, Zetta Arfmann.

The 35-year-old Bledsoe has always maintained his innocence.

Bledsoe's attorneys argue that new technology could produce a DNA profile of the killer.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/KT4JL2 ) Bledsoe's brother, Tom Bledsoe, was initially charged with killing Arfmann and confessed. But he later recanted and implicated his brother.

In 2008, a U.S. District Court ruled that Bledsoe should be freed because of ineffective counsel but the Kansas Supreme Court overturned that decision.

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