Prosecutors seek death penalty in Angie Dodge murder

Posted at 11:19 AM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 13:19:53-04

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a man arrested in connection with the rape and murder of a young Idaho Falls woman more than two decades ago.

The Post Register reports in a story on Thursday that the Bonneville County prosecutor’s office filed the notice in the case against 54-year-old Brian Leigh Dripps.

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Dripps is charged with first-degree murder in the 1996 killing of 18-year-old Angie Dodge. Police say she was raped and stabbed to death in her apartment.

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Police said Dripps lived across the street from Dodge at the time of her death and knew her as an acquaintance.

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Police used an online DNA database to identify Dripps as a possible suspect. Police say testing showed a cigarette butt discarded by Dripps matched DNA at the crime scene.