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According to a decision written by the Court of Appeals, Pearson argued that "the state failed to present substantial circumstantial evidence of his involvement in any of the crimes charged and, therefore, the trial court erred in denying his motion for a directed verdict. We reverse." "Pearson argued that even though his fingerprint was found on the outside of Gibbons' car, the fingerprint was insufficient to place him at the crime scene because he lived only a block from Gibbons' store and there was expert testimony indicating a fingerprint could remain on the surface for an indeterminate period," the court's decision reads. State Attorney General spokesman Mark Powell said his office will appeal the decision to the S.C. Supreme Court. Pearson will remain in custody at Lieber Correctional Facility until the appeal is resolved. Weldon also received 60 years for the same charges in 2012. The state had more substantial circumstantial evidence tying him to the attack, according to the court's decision.