LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – The victim in a killing on the Las Vegas Strip was a man who was wrongfully convicted in a 1996 rape and murder case in Idaho.

Christopher Tapp, 47, was found dead in a Las Vegas Strip hotel room in Oct. 29, 2023. According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Tapp’s death initially appeared to be accidental until police later found out that he was involved in an altercation in the hotel room. The Clark County Coroner’s Office ruled Tapp’s death a homicide.

LVMPD has issued a warrant for former Congressional candidate Daniel Rodimer in connection with the killing. Rodimer was not in custody as of Wednesday afternoon.

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Tapp was wrongfully convicted in connection with the 1996 rape and murder of Angie Dodge in Idaho Falls, ID. According to the Innocence Project, Tapp was later exonerated via DNA in 2019. It is believed that Tapp’s case was the first time that genetic genealogy has been used to exonerate a defendant, the Innocence Project reports.

Tapp later sued the city of Idaho Falls and Idaho Falls Police Department in 2020. It was later settled for $11.7 million.


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