LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – A man who spent nearly 16 years in prison for a rape and killing to which his brother confessed wants Kansas to pull the plug on the death penalty.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that 39-year-old Floyd Bledsoe shared his story over the weekend in the basement of a Lawrence church.
Bledsoe never faced the death penalty himself. But he was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of raping and killing 14-year-old Camille Arfmann. He was released in December after a DNA test and suicide notes indicated his brother, Tom Bledsoe, killed Arfmann.
Bledsoe says the court system is flamed and questioned what would have happened if he had been sentenced to death.
Kansas hasn’t executed anyone since it reinstated capital punishment in 1994.