Former death-row inmate asks lawmakers to repeal death penalty

A man who once was on death row asked Kansas lawmakers to do away with the death penalty.

Floyd Beldsoe rejoices after being released Dec. 8, 2015 following 16 years in prison on murder conviction. DNA evidence now shows that it was his brother who killed Camille Arfmann.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas lawmakers once again will consider whether Kansas should repeal the death penalty.

The new push stems from a news conference Thursday when Floyd Bledsoe, a man wrongly convicted for murder, told lawmakers his story.

Bledsoe was serving a life sentence until he was released last month because new DNA evidence proved his innocence.  He spent 16 years behind bars.

Bledsoe asked lawmakers to remember the death penalty requires the justice system be absolutely sure someone is guilty.

“One life, one exoneration amongst thousands is too many” said Bledsoe. That’s why today we can not allow the death penalty. We have to stop the death penalty today. Tomorrow might be too late for one person.”

The last time Kansas executed anyone under the death penalty was more than 50 years ago.

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