Category Archives: Idaho

Joseph Thomas

Joseph Thomas Jr. was convicted in December 2011 for strangling his ex-wife Beth Irby-Thomas. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

In January 2015, the Idaho Supreme Court overturned the first-degree murder conviction, after the Idaho Court of Appeals said the lower court erred in excluding some evidence but ruled the error “harmless”.

The key issue at trial is whether Beth accidentally strangled herself. The Supreme court ruled that the lower court erred by excluding evidence that could have corroborated his claim that Beth liked to engage in erotic asphyxiation. The justices cited excluded evidence from friends who said Beth liked to be choked into unconsciousness.

Supporters allege State misconduct and coercive tactics.

In December 2015, the retrial was set for August 8, 2016.

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Chris Tapp

Chris Tapp was wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of Angie Dodge of Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1997, after making a false confession. The investigator then and now mayor Fuhriman promised Chris complete immunity after the 40 hrs of questioning. Dna left on and around Miss Dodges body does NOT MATCH Chris Tapp.

Supported by the Idaho Innocence Project.

Video published Published on 19 Sep 2015

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Judges for Justice launch campaign to overturn Tapp conviction September 24, 2015

Chris Tapp to be released from prison March 20, 2015

May 16, 2019

Police Chief Bryce Johnson announced Thursday that a man has confessed to the June 1996 murder of Idaho Falls resident Angie Dodge.
Brian Leigh Dripps Sr., 53, was arrested by Caldwell Police on Wednesday night on a warrant for first-degree murder in perpetration of a rape. He was booked into the Canyon County Jail around 6:45 p.m., according to the Idaho Statesman. He is also facing a rape charge.
He appeared in court in Canyon County on Thursday.
Johnson says police have a DNA match and a confession connecting him to the murder.