Court rejects appeal in brutal attack case

BOISE (AP) - The Idaho Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a woman who wanted overturned her conviction for taking part in a brutal attack on a Washington state woman eight years ago in southwest Idaho.

The court ruled in a 4-1 decision against Sarah Pearce's appeal on Thursday.

The court ruled that a 3rd District Court trial judge did not err when Pearce's expert witness was not allowed to testify about problems with eyewitness identification.

Pearce, who was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison, was convicted of aiding and abetting attempted murder and related charges.

Pearce was one of four people convicted in the abduction, stabbing and beating of Linda LeBrane in June 2000.

Pearce contends LeBrane could not correctly identify her.