Christopher Tapp back in court on new misdemeanor charges

Christopher C. Tapp

Christopher C. Tapp

By Kendra Evensen, kevensen@journalnet.com

IDAHO FALLS — A 41-year-old Idaho Falls man is facing misdemeanor charges following a domestic disturbance on Tuesday.

Christopher C. Tapp, who was released from prison in March after serving 20 years for murder, was charged with domestic battery and intentional destruction of a telecommunication line or instrument this week, according to Bonneville County Magistrate Court records. He has pleaded not guilty to both misdemeanors.

Bonneville County sheriff’s officials say Tapp reported a disturbance at O’Bryant Street on Tuesday afternoon. When deputies arrived on scene, they learned that he and his wife had allegedly been involved in an altercation that turned physical.

“During the altercation, it was reported that Mrs. Tapp attempted to get a cellphone to call police but was prevented from doing do by Mr. Tapp,” according to a news release. “Deputies also observed minor injuries to Mrs. Tapp at the scene.”

Deputies took Christopher Tapp into custody at that time.

Tapp, who was convicted in the 1996 rape and murder of Angie Dodge, was released from prison earlier this year.

Seventh District Judge Alan Stephens resentenced Tapp in March after attorneys reached a settlement in the controversial case. His rape charge was dismissed, but his murder conviction and a weapons enhancement were left on his record.

Tapp’s sentence was reduced from 30 years to life to the 20 years he had already served.

Some experts felt Tapp was coerced into a false murder confession.

Tapp was a 20-year-old high school dropout at the time and was interrogated for hours and subjected to multiple lie-detector tests by police. He eventually confessed, but DNA evidence taken from the scene didn’t match Tapp or any of the other suspects in the case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.