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It started as a way to trace family history. It evolved into a tool to help solve decades-old cold cases. Now, for apparently the first time, a genealogy database is expected to lead to charges being dropped against an Idaho man convicted in a decades-old rape and murder case.

There is “clear and convincing evidence” that Christopher Tapp, who served 20 years in prison, was wrongfully convicted in the 1996 killing of 18-year-old Angie Dodge, Bonneville County Prosecutor Daniel Clark wrote in a court filing last week.

On Wednesday, at a hearing in an Idaho Falls courtroom, a judge is expected to grant Clark’s motion to dismiss the case against Tapp, officially clearing his name.

…continue reading ‘In an Apparent First, Genetic Genealogy Aids a Wrongful Conviction Case’

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