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Man accused of murdering Christopher Tapp appears in court

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A retired professional wrestler and former congressional candidate in Nevada and Texas is challenging evidence in the case accusing him of killing a man during a Halloween Party last year at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.

Daniel Rodimer, 45, who now lives in Texas, was not asked to enter a plea during his initial court appearance Wednesday on an open murder charge in the death of 47-year-old Christopher Tapp of Idaho.

Rodimer surrendered to Las Vegas police for his arrest March 6 and remains free on a $200,000 bail.

Defense lawyers David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld submitted documents arguing that prosecutors improperly relied on privileged conversations between Rodimer and his wife for evidence that Rodimer fatally punched Tapp.

The judge did not immediately decide the evidence question.

Rodimer, a Republican, lost bids for Congress in Nevada in 2020 and in Texas in 2021.

Tapp served more than 20 years in prison in a 1996 killing before receiving an $11.7 million settlement from Idaho Falls in 2022 in a wrongful conviction lawsuit.

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