The Post Register has been reporting on the 1996 murder of Angie Dodge since it occurred. In 2014, coverage of the case increased as efforts to exonerate the man convicted of the murder, Chris Tapp, also increased and became more public. Tapp has spent more than 19 years incarcerated for the crime that many wrongful conviction advocates, including Judges for Justice and the Innocence Project, feel he did not commit. This page compiles all of the Post Register's coverage of the case and the efforts to exonerate Tapp dating back to 2013.

A documentary coming out Sunday on Starz will examine the cases of three men who say they are innocent of the murders they were convicted of, including one from Idaho Falls who spent almost half his life in prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit.

“Wrong Man,” by Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger, looks at the story of Christopher Tapp, who was jailed in 1996, charged with the rape and murder of Angie Dodge.

Angie Dodge would have been 40 years old today. But in June 1996, when she was 18, when an unknown man brutally killed her in the middle of the night.

While Chris Tapp served two

decades in prison for participating in the murder, a slew of experts say he was wrongfully convicted after a false confession. He was released earlier this year in a resentencing deal cut with prosecutors.

It’s been a long journey for Michael Usry Jr. and his family.

Briefly investigated in the 1996 murder of Angie Dodge two decades after the fact and based solely on a partial DNA match to his father, Usry’s life has been haunted by the case for nearly three years.

During that time he’s gone from being considered a suspect — or at least closely related to the suspect — in a murder case, based on one DNA test, to having his entire family cleared of suspicion by another more extensive DNA test.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the fact that additional states have passed recording requirements.

The United States criminal justice system has seen a large, growing number of exonerations of wrongfully convicted defendants in recent years.

Steve Drizin and others who fight wrongful convictions say the media needs to improve crime reporting practices.

Drizin is the former director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions.

The Angie Dodge murder investigation is the subject of an Investigation Discovery documentary, titled “Who killed Angie Dodge? Keith Morrison investigates,” that will air at 6 p.m. Monday.

The two-hour report will be shown in the Idaho Falls area on Cable One Channel 112, DISH TV Channel 192 and DirecTV Channel 285.

Convicts who believe they were wrongfully convicted of murder or forcible rape may benefit from a $630,000 federal grant to test DNA.

But none of the money can be used in Idaho cases.

Why? Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden will not sign a federally required form certifying that the state’s DNA testing and collection practices comply with federal requirements. He told Boise State University that those requirements and Idaho law do not mesh, and that he has no jurisdiction over Idaho law enforcement agencies.

The Idaho Falls Police Department released a DNA-based sketch of the man who killed 18-year-old Angie Dodge more than two decades ago.

Police Chief Mark McBride unveiled the sketch at a press conference Wednesday morning, emphasizing that investigators have never given up on finding out who killed Dodge in June 1996.

It’s been about a month since Chris Tapp was freed from prison.

“Twenty years ago my life ended, and I started another chapter in life,” he said in an interview at his home. “Now, that life ended. So now I’m trying to pick up a new life.”

He said he’s working to try to figure out who he is — to remember who he was before a judge sentenced him to life in prison.

It’s been nearly 21 years since 18-year-old Angie Dodge was killed in her apartment in the letter streets neighborhood of Idaho Falls.

And though police, defense investigators, outside investigators and Carol Dodge, Angie’s mother, have pursued a variety of leads over the decades and across the country, so far no match has been found to the numerous DNA samples found at the crime scene. All the samples match one unknown man.

The case, in short, is very cold.

When professor Steve Drizin learned that Chris Tapp had taken a deal that would let him out of prison but leave a murder conviction on his record, he took to Facebook to share his thoughts.

“Make no mistake. It’s a bittersweet day,” he wrote.

Friends, family and supporters packed into the Centennial Courtroom at the Bonneville County Courthouse on Wednesday to watch Chris Tapp go free.

Among them was Carol Dodge, the mother of murder victim Angie Dodge, who has for years worked tirelessly to bring about Tapp’s release from prison. Carol Dodge believes in Tapp’s innocence even though his murder conviction for her daughter’s death remains on his record.