Court Orders New Trial for Dalia Dippolito

The District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District, has ordered a new trial for Dalia Dippolito three years after she was found guilty in a murder-for-hire plot against her husband.

Dalia Dippolito
Dalia Dippolito arrives before the start of jury selection in her trial at the Palm Beach County Courthouse Monday, April 25, 2011 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Dippolito, charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder, is accused of plotting with a friend and supposed hit man - actually an undercover cop - to have her husband of six months, Michael Dippolito, killed. (AP Photo/Richard Graulich, Pool) ASSOCIATED PRESS

In 2009, Dippolito hired an undercover Boynton Beach police officer to kill her husband, Michael Dippolito. Police staged the meeting between Dippolito and the undercover officer after receiving a tip from one of Dippolito’s lovers that she wanted her husband dead. In a 2011 trial, Dippolito was charged with solicitation to commit first degree murder with a firearm and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

According to the July 2014 ruling, Dippolito argued that the trial court “erred by denying her request to individually question prospective jurors about their exposure to pretrial publicity about her case and by denying her request to strike the entire jury venire after all the jurors heard an allegation that appellant had attempted to poison the victim in this case.”

The district court agreed with Dippolito’s argument and ordered a new trial.

Read the ruling here.

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