New DNA tests don’t connect convicted murderer to 1996 Idaho Falls murder

    tappIt’s a story Six On Your Side has been following for years; the case of an Idaho Falls man convicted of a murder more than 15 years ago.
    Now, new DNA testing reveals there is no DNA evidence connecting the victim to the man convicted of the crime.
    On June 13th, 1996, 18-year-old Angie Dodge was raped and murdered in her Idaho Falls apartment.
    After more than 40 hours of questioning, Chris Tapp confessed to being involved.
    “He was offered a deal. If he said he was part of this and could name the other guy, the guy who left the DNA, then he could do no time in prison. He had a complete immunity deal and as a young man, it seemed like a good deal to him. He thought he could name the perpetrator and he guessed,” said Greg Hampikian, the Director of the Idaho Innocence Project.
    Tapp Guessed wrong, and was sentenced to 25 years to life for the crime, but even the victim’s mother didn’t believe Tapp murdered her daughter. Read More >>