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Former Republican congressional candidate and Wrestler turns Himself In after Las Vegas Police Declared him Wanted

Former Republican congressional candidate and Wrestler turns Himself In after Las Vegas Police Declared him Wanted

Las Vegas, NV: Former Republican congressional candidate and ex-wrestler Dan Rodimer surrendered to Nevada police on Wednesday following the issuance of a warrant for his arrest in relation to a man’s death at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.

Lt. Jason Johannson of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department stated that Rodimer, aged 45, was being sought for open murder in the case involving the death of Christoper Tapp, aged 47.

Tapp passed away during an incident at Resorts World on October 29, 2023. Initial reports suggested that his death was likely due to a suspected overdose and fall, as per records acquired by Nexstar’s KLAS.

Tapp was declared deceased by doctors at a Las Vegas hospital on November 5th. The Clark County Coroner’s Office determined that Tapp’s death was a homicide caused by blunt force injuries to his head, according to papers. An examination revealed that he experienced multiple cerebral hemorrhages.

Investigators eventually discovered that Tapp, who had been exonerated of murder after spending twenty years in jail, had been engaged in a confrontation inside the hotel room before being discovered and transported to the hospital.

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An arrest warrant acquired by KLAS on Wednesday stated that Rodimer reportedly became angry when Tapp was suspected of providing Rodimer’s stepdaughter with cocaine. The filings omitted the stepdaughter’s age.

According to a witness, Rodimer was overheard threatening to kill someone if they spoke to his daughter again. Upon hearing Dan’s statement to Christopher, the witness immediately heard two loud pounding noises, as stated by the police.

Another witness informed the police that she observed Dan pushing Christopher to the ground, causing Christopher’s head to strike a small table. She reported observing Rodimer physically assault Christopher by punching him repeatedly in the head and torso, according to records.

Another witness informed an individual at the hotel room gathering that Tapp slipped, fell, and struck his head on a coffee table, as per the paperwork. Additional witnesses informed the police that multiple individuals consumed cocaine during the gathering.

Investigators acquired text messages exchanged between Rodimer and his wife, Sarah Rodimer. In the messages, Sarah Rodimer described witnessing Rodimer almost killing someone and having to physically intervene to stop him. No one should witness their spouse commit murder.

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Tapp and Rodimer were acquainted through the classic vehicle and racing community, as reported by a family attorney to KLAS.

Rodimer’s lawyers, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, stated that their client was ready to surrender before Wednesday. Rodimer will be posting a court-ordered bail and plans to strongly challenge the accusations, requesting that the assumption of innocence be honored.

Judge Eric Goodman reset bail to $200,000 before Rodimer’s arrest, which Rodimer then posted, according to documents. Rodimer is scheduled to appear in court on April 10.

In 2020, Rodimer, a former professional wrestler, was unsuccessful in his attempt to win the election for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District against Democratic Rep. Susie Lee.

Former President Donald Trump backed Rodimer before the 2020 race, stating: “Dan Rodimer will be an incredible Congressman for Nevada!” As a former professional wrestler, he advocates for lower taxes, improved education, increased job opportunities, and unwavering support for law enforcement. Dan has my unequivocal endorsement.

Rodimer was defeated by Lee in the 2020 election by a margin of around 13,000 votes, which equates to a difference of 3 percentage points. He departed Nevada and was unsuccessful in his attempt to represent Texas’ 6th Congressional District, finishing in 11th place in the 2021 primary election.

Tapp, from Idaho, was accused in 1996 of raping and murdering an 18-year-old, even though DNA evidence ruled him out as a suspect, as reported by the Innocence Project. In 1998, he was found guilty of first-degree murder, rape, and using a deadly weapon. He was then given a life sentence with a minimum of 30 years for the murder charge and 10 years for the rape charge.

Tapp’s murder conviction was overturned on July 17, 2019.

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