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Autopsy rules Christopher Tapp’s death homicide

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KIFI) - Christopher Tapp's autopsy was released Friday confirming the cause of his death as a homicide from blunt head trauma.

On Oct. 29, 2023, medical personnel responded to a call for service regarding a male, later identified as 47-year-old Christopher Tapp, suffering from injuries as a result of a purported accident. Tapp was transported to the hospital and was later pronounced deceased.

Tapp spent more than 20 years in jail for a wrongful murder conviction. He was fully exonerated of the crime in 2019 and awarded $11.7 million as part of a settlement with law enforcement for his wrongful conviction. 

It was first reported Tapp died after he slipped on a shoe and hit his head on a table at the Resorts World Hotel in Las Vegas.

The homicide unit of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police was made aware of the death on Nov. 23, 2023. They said he was involved in a fight in a room at the Las Vegas resort before he died. They determined his death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head.

His autopsy report revealed multiple cuts and bruises on his scalp, and his toxicology report tested positive for cocaine, marijuana and alcohol.

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