Archive for Wednesday, December 1, 1999

Brother-in-law ordered to stand trial for murder in Oskaloosa

December 1, 1999

A 23-year-old Oskaloosa man was ordered Monday to stand trial in the slaying of his 14-year-old sister-in-law.

Floyd Bledsoe is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated indecent liberties with a child in connection with the death of Camille Arfmann. Arfmann's body was found Nov. 8 in a ditch outside Oskaloosa.

Magistrate Judge Dennis Riling ordered Monday for Bledsoe to appear in court again on Dec. 9 for arraignment. Bledsoe remains in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Bledsoe's brother, Tom, testified Monday that Bledsoe confessed to Arfmann's murder. Originally, Tom Bledsoe was arrested in the case. But he was released. Floyd Bledsoe was jailed on Nov. 13 and charged in the murder of the girl, who had been living with Floyd Bledsoe's family during the week so she could ride the bus to school.

Meanwhile, Jefferson County authorities continue their probe of the Oct. 14 murder of Clarence Rinke, 55, who was found dead in his southeast Jefferson County home.

Rinke, who died from a gunshot wound, called 911 and reported the shooting.

Last week, Gov. Bill Graves announced that a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any suspect or suspects in the case.

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