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Idaho man who didn't match murder DNA freed after 20 years

  • Christopher Tapp smiles during his post conviction relief hearing at the Bonneville Courthouse in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Tapp, who experts say was coerced into a false murder confession, is now free after spending half of his life behind bars. A judge released Tapp on Wednesday morning after vacating his rape conviction and re-sentencing him to time served for the 1996 murder of Angie Dodd. (Taylor Carpenter/Post Register via AP, Pool)

    Christopher Tapp smiles during his post conviction relief hearing at the Bonneville Courthouse in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Tapp, who experts say was coerced into a false murder confession, is now free after spending half of his life behind bars. A judge released Tapp on Wednesday morning after vacating his rape conviction and re-sentencing him to time served for the 1996 murder of Angie Dodd. (Taylor Carpenter/Post Register via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Christopher Tapp, right, and Jeremy Sargis embrace during Tapp's post conviction relief hearing at the Bonneville Courthouse in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Tapp, who experts say was coerced into a false murder confession, is now free after spending half of his life behind bars. A judge released Tapp on Wednesday morning after vacating his rape conviction and resentencing him to time served for the 1996 murder of Angie Dodd. (Taylor Carpenter/Post Register via AP, Pool)

    Christopher Tapp, right, and Jeremy Sargis embrace during Tapp's post conviction relief hearing at the Bonneville Courthouse in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Tapp, who experts say was coerced into a false murder confession, is now free after spending half of his life behind bars. A judge released Tapp on Wednesday morning after vacating his rape conviction and resentencing him to time served for the 1996 murder of Angie Dodd. (Taylor Carpenter/Post Register via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Christopher Tapp, right, and public defender John Thomas smile during Tapp's post conviction relief hearing at the Bonneville Courthouse in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Tapp, who experts say was coerced into a false murder confession, is now free after spending half of his life behind bars. A judge released Tapp on Wednesday morning after vacating his rape conviction and re-sentencing him to time served for the 1996 murder of Angie Dodd. (Taylor Carpenter/Post Register via AP, Pool)

    Christopher Tapp, right, and public defender John Thomas smile during Tapp's post conviction relief hearing at the Bonneville Courthouse in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Tapp, who experts say was coerced into a false murder confession, is now free after spending half of his life behind bars. A judge released Tapp on Wednesday morning after vacating his rape conviction and re-sentencing him to time served for the 1996 murder of Angie Dodd. (Taylor Carpenter/Post Register via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

An Idaho man who experts say was coerced into a false murder confession is now free after spending half of his life behind bars.

An eastern Idaho judge released Christopher Tapp on Wednesday morning after vacating his rape conviction and resentencing him to time served for the 1996 murder of Angie Dodd.

The release came after years of work by advocates including Judges for Justice, the Idaho Innocence Project and the victim's mother, Carol Dodge.

Angie Dodge was 18 and living in an Idaho Falls apartment on June 13, 1996, when she was sexually assaulted and murdered at her home.

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.