Bipartisan House bill seeks to repeal Kansas death penalty

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who spent 15 years in prison for a killing he didn’t commit says his case is a good example of why the state should repeal its death penalty.

Floyd Bledsoe was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in the 1999 slaying of Camille Arfmann in Oskaloosa. He was freed in December after new DNA evidence was discovered and his brother, Tom, admitted killing Arfmann in a suicide note.

Although he wasn’t sentenced to death, Floyd Bledsoe says his conviction shows how innocent people sometimes are punished for crimes they didn’t commit.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports a bipartisan bill in the Kansas House sponsored by a retired judge would repeal the state’s death penalty for anyone convicted of a capital crime after July 1.


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