Judge throws out conviction for Nampa man

Posted at 5:15 PM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 19:15:11-05

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A Nampa man who was released from prison in October after being sentenced to four consecutive life sentences for a Canyon County assault could face a new trial.

The Idaho Statesman reported Senior Canyon County Judge Renae Hoff ruled that 45-year-old John David Wurdemann received inadequate legal representation at his 2002 trial. He was ordered a new trial, pending resolution of an appeal before the Idaho Supreme Court.

Wurdemann was convicted of attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges in the 2000 assault on Linda Lebrane.

The victim had initially failed to identify Wurdemann in a photo lineup, and defense attorneys argued that the suspects' appearances didn't match the descriptions she provided.  

Hoff determined that Wurdemann's attorneys were "ineffective" by not brining an expert to court to challenge the identifications.