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Chris Tapp has been exonerated of the murder of Angie Dodge, an 18-year-old woman who was killed in 1996. Tapp was jailed for 20 years in the case. But new DNA analysis pointed police to a Caldwell man who was arrested, and confessed to the murder in May 2019. However, Tapp still had the murder on his record until last week. 

Idaho Matters talks with Chris Tapp about his new life as free man, and digs into the effort to clear his name with Greg Hampikian of the Idaho Innocence Project

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An Idaho program that uses DNA testing to help free wrongfully-convicted prisoners suffered a major setback recently when it had the majority of its funding cut.

The federal Department of Justice announced that the Idaho Innocence Project wouldn’t receive a $220,000 grant. Two previous DOJ grants have paid for most of the project’s operating costs over the last five years, says the project's director Greg Hampikian.

The Idaho Innocence Project has lost its primary source of funding and won't take on any new cases.

Director Greg Hampikian told Boise television station KBOI that the U.S. Department of Justice declined to renew the organization's two-year $220,000 grant.

Hampikian says he's now scrambling to raise money, and though the group has enough cash to finish working on two current cases it won't take on any new work.

The Idaho Innocence Project attempts to use DNA evidence to help free people that the group deems wrongfully convicted.

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Italy's highest criminal court Tuesday overturned Amanda Knox’s acquittal in the slaying of her British roommate and ordered a new trial.  An appeals court in Florence must re-hear the case against the American student and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaelle Sollecito for the murder of Meredith Kercher.