Eastern Idaho man may soon be exonerated of 1997 murder

Posted at 4:09 PM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 10:40:40-04

IDAHO FALLS — An Idaho Falls judge is expected to decide Wednesday whether to exonerate an eastern Idaho man who spent two decades behind bars for the murder of Angie Dodge, a murder that officials say he did not commit.

The Post Register reports Bonneville County Prosecutor Daniel Clark has asked the judge to vacate Christopher Tapp's murder conviction and dismiss the case.

Tapp was arrested for the murder of Angie Dodge in 1997, after he confessed to committing the crime with a group of other men. But several experts have found that Tapp falsely confessed under police coercion; another man was arrested for the murder earlier this year after new tests showed that man's DNA matched evidence found at the scene.

Tapp signed a deal with the prosecutor's office in 2017 that allowed him to be released from prison, but the murder conviction has remained.

His exoneration hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday.

(by Associated Press)