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Florida woman who was caught on video hiring hitman to kill husband, now claims plot was staged

February 26, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Florida woman who was caught on video hiring hitman to kill husband, now claims plot was staged

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A woman who was famously caught on surveillance video attempting to hire an undercover cop posing as a hitman to kill her husband she had just married, says the plot was staged as a way to gain entry on a reality TV show.

Dalia Dippolito testified at a hearing on Wednesday, for her upcoming retrial. She stands accused of trying to hire a hitman for $3,000 to kill Michael Dippolito, her newlywed husband, she had just married six months earlier.

The 32-year-old quickly got her wish and became famous, after a video from the show COPS quickly spread on the internet, that showed her break down and cry when police officers informed of her husband’s death.

However, Dippolito later learned police faked her husband’s death as a ploy to catch her in the act and admits in the video that she had faked her tears fake because she and her husband had hoaxed the entire murder plot in a bid to become famous.

During Wednesday’s court proceeding, Dippolito insisted that her intention was never to kill her husband, and further claimed she was coaxed by a police informant she was having an affair with, to admit to the plot.

Michael Dippolito was the target of a murder plot by his former wife

Michael Dippolito was the target of a murder plot by his former wife, which gained national attention

Dippolito claimed Mohamed Shihadeh, her former husband, and the producer fro COPS had threatened her to follow a script for the TV show.

Prosecutors repeatedly challenged her assertions during Wednesday’s court proceeding.

“I had to be cool as though I wanted to do this … I needed to project confidence,” Dippolito answered when asked why she didn’t sound at all frightened on the recordings.

Furthermore, Dippolito claimed she had enrolled in acting lessons after she graduated from high school, which made it easier for her to perform on camera.

Mohamed Shihadeh, who is her former lover, alerted the Boynton Beach police of her plans to murder her husband, and a camera was installed in his car to gain proof Dalia was hiring an assassin.

Dippolito's lover who alerted police of her intentions to kill her husband

Mohamed Shihadeh, Dippolito’s lover who alerted police of her intentions to kill her husband

The footage shows Dalia providing a picture of her husband to Shihadeh intended for the hit man along with $1,200 in cash for the purchase of the gun.

Dalia is also heard telling Shihadeh to make sure he wiped her fingerprints off the pictures, and she is heard saying, “Nobody is going to be able to point a finger at me.”

Investigators sent Widy Jean, an undercover cop posing as the hired killer to meet Dalia, who is recorded arranging payment for his services and assuring him she wanted it done.

Jean explained in the footage to Dalia how he was going to break into the couple’s house, and would put ‘two in the head’ of her husband, but cautioned that there’s no going back.

‘Between now and the moment it’s done, you’re not gonna have the opportunity to change your mind,’ he tells her.

“I’m determined already,’ she replies. ‘I’m positive, like 5,000 percent sure,” She replied.

Jean told ABC he was ‘shocked’ at Dalia’s strong response, “I didn’t think she was going to be that open,” he says.

Jean and Dalia arranged the date the ‘robbery gone wrong’ was meant to take place, and he told her to leave the house by 6 am.

Dalia left early that day for the gym, and police arrived at the home and set up the fake crime scene, sealing entry to the house with caution tape.

Dalia Dippolito is falsely informed that her husband was killed, as part of the sting operation against her

Dalia Dippolito is falsely informed that her husband was killed, as part of the sting operation

When cops called Dalia to return home, they advised her husband’s death and she started to cry but investigators knew her whimpers were fake.

‘In the midst of all of the tremors and shaking of her body, there wasn’t any real tears coming out of her eyes,’ Sgt. Frank Ranzie told ABC.

Police released the tape on YouTube and Dalia’s reaction was also filmed for the television show COPS, which had been following the Boynton Beach police department when the investigation began.

It was in the interrogation room that Dalia found out Michael was still alive – and that the hit man she had been talking to was a police officer.

Dalia was convicted in 2011 of solicitation to commit first-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

But her conviction was tossed out when an appeals court ruled that the judge should have interviewed jurors one-on-one to see if they had seen the video of Dalia at the fake crime scene and may have been influenced by it.

Dalia is now under house arrest as her trial date looms in May 2016. Her ex-husband Michael still lives in the condo they once shared.

Meanwhile, her lawyers are fighting to get Dalia’s case dismissed, arguing that Boynton Beach police were more focused on impressing COPS producers then the following procedure.

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