Wrong Woman to Wife Up

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June 9th, 2017, 9:40 pm #1

wrote:Prosecutor: Woman sought to destroy husband, get his money

Associated Press
TERRY SPENCER
June 8, 2017



Dalia Dippolito, of a former Florida escort accused of soliciting a hitman to kill her newlywed husband, sits in court during the third day of jury selection in her third retrial, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Her 2009 arrest gained international attention when video of the alleged solicitation became an internet sensation and appeared on the TV shows "Cops" and "20/20." Her 2011 conviction was overturned on appeal. A trial last fall ended in a mistrial when the jury hung 3 to 3. (Lannis Waters/Palm Beach Post via AP, Pool)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman and ex-escort was so eager to get her husband's money that she solicited a hit man to have him killed, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday, but a defense attorney said she was entrapped by a police department seeking television fame.

As opening statements began in Dalia Dippolito's third trial, prosecutor Craig Williams told the three-woman, three-man Palm Beach County jury that she wanted her husband, convicted conman Michael Dippolito, killed. She wanted his money, their townhouse and his cars, so she plotted her husband's "destruction," Williams said.

The case gained national notoriety following her 2009 arrest when undercover video of her conversation with the supposed hit man was shown on the "Cops" television show. A 2011 conviction for solicitation of first-degree murder and a 20-year sentence were thrown out on appeal, and a retrial last fall ended with a hung jury.

"She is absolutely, overwhelmingly guilty," Williams said.

Dippolito's attorney, Brian Claypool, portrayed his 34-year-old client as a victim of an overzealous Boynton Beach police department that wanted to gain fame on "Cops," which happened to be filming in town. He said Dalia Dippolito had no intention to kill her husband, but was egged on by an informant and an undercover police officer posing as a hit man.

"This case was a fiction created by the police department to create a script for 'Cops,'" Claypool said.

Williams read to the jurors X-rated text messages Dippolito exchanged with a now-deceased lover, Mike Stanley, in July 2009 just months after she got married. They allegedly show how she originally planned to get her husband sent to prison for violating his probation. When that failed, Williams said, she shifted to having him murdered.

For example, Williams said she had Stanley impersonate a doctor, to help her hide her theft of $100,000 from her husband, and later a lawyer, to make him wrongly think he had completed probation. She hoped that if her husband stopped visiting his probation officer, he would be found in violation and sent back to prison and she would have his money and property, Williams said.

When that failed, Williams said, Dippolito approached a former lover, Mohammed Shihadeh, to ask his help in finding a hit man to kill her husband. Instead, Shihadeh contacted Boynton Beach police and asked detectives for help. That triggered a week-long investigation that included a 23-minute videotaped meeting with undercover officer Widy Jean, pretending to be a hit man, where she said she was "5,000 percent sure" she wanted her husband dead and agreed to pay $7,000.

It ended with detectives staging a murder scene where they told Dippolito her husband had been killed and her interview with detectives where she suggested possible killers. She then denied knowing Jean when they brought him before her and told her he was their suspect. They then arrested her. Detectives let "Cops" film much of it.

Claypool said detectives' cooperation with "Cops" show they weren't conducting a thorough and just investigation. He said they ignored Shihadeh's belief that she wasn't serious about hiring a hit man and her claim that she was being abused by her husband. Instead, they thought they had "stuck the lottery."

"A murder-for-hire is pretty juicy for a TV show," he said.

Michael Dippolito has said he met his former wife when he hired her for sex in 2008 and then fell in love. However, that testimony isn't being admitted in this trial. It has been ruled prejudicial to the defendant.

Dippolito, the first prosecution witness, said that shortly after they married in January 2009 his now ex-wife duped him out of $100,000 that was supposed to be used for restitution to people he had swindled in a stock scam. That scam had led to his conviction and a two-year prison sentence, followed by 28 years of probation that could be ended early if he repaid the $191,000 he owed his victims. This happened before he met his wife.

He said his wife told him that if he gave her $100,000, she would add $91,000 of her own money. He gave her the money in March 2009 but she never sent it to his lawyer, Michael Dippolito said. He said that shortly after he confronted her, she falsely told him she was pregnant.

He also said someone twice planted illegal drugs in his SUV and called the police. That could have sent him back to prison. He said he suspected his wife.

Under cross-examination, Michael Dippolito admitted that he reported to his probation officer only about half of his annual $128,000 income from the internet marketing company he owns because he didn't want his monthly restitution payment increased. He also conceded that at various times he thought other people, including the wife he dumped for Dalia Dippolito, could have been behind the planted drugs.

The trial is expected to last about two weeks.
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June 9th, 2017, 9:42 pm #2

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June 9th, 2017, 9:45 pm #3

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June 9th, 2017, 9:46 pm #4

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June 9th, 2017, 9:48 pm #5

I think only one of them was having fun when this picture was taken.

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June 9th, 2017, 9:51 pm #6

When she was told her husband was "dead".





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June 9th, 2017, 9:52 pm #7

She should have tried to get into acting. She was able to fool her husband, who was already a con-artist.

I am sure plenty of people not aware of the sting operation would have thought her outburst was real.
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July 21st, 2017, 7:04 pm #8

Dalia needs to stay in jail for as long as the law allows.
wrote:Ex-Florida escort to be sentenced for trying to hire hit man
By TERRY SPENCER, ASSOCIATED PRESS WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Jul 21, 2017, 6:47 AM ET

A former Florida escort convicted of trying to hire a hit man to murder her newlywed husband could get up to 30 years in prison when she is sentenced Friday, perhaps ending a drawn-out case that drew notice for its startling videos and salacious characters.

Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley is scheduled Friday to sentence Dalia Dippolito, who was convicted last month of solicitation of first-degree murder. She was recorded on video and audio in 2009 as she plotted to kill Michael Dippolito, telling an undercover detective she was "5,000 percent sure" she wanted her husband dead.

Prosecutors believe she wanted control of the couple's town house and his savings. The case gained national attention when police video from the investigation went viral on the internet and it was featured on the TV shows "Cops" and "20/20."

A 2011 conviction and 20-year sentence were thrown out on appeal. A retrial last fall ended with a 3-3 hung jury. This time, it took the six-member jury 90 minutes to convict Dippolito, 34, who had a child last year while under house arrest.

Typically, a defendant cannot be sentenced to more than the original sentence on a retrial because that would punish a defendant for winning an appeal. But prosecutor Craig Williams argued in court documents filed this week that Kelley, because he wasn't the judge at the 2011 trial, can sentence Dippolito to the statutory maximum of 30 years if he finds the original judge was too lenient.

Dippolito's actions "are the most ruthless, cruel, inhumane, heartless and deliberate of any case," Williams wrote. Dippolito "has earned every second of a 30 year prison sentence."

Lead defense attorney Brian Claypool said in court documents that Dippolito deserves, at most, a four-year sentence with credit for time served in jail and under house arrest. He said in a statement that Dippolito deserves leniency because Boynton Beach detectives railroaded her by playing to the "Cops" cameras in hopes of becoming famous. "Cops" was coincidentally in town when the case broke and turned it into a special episode. It's the same argument he and co-defense attorney Craig Rosenfeld used during the last two trials.

"To give Dalia a hefty sentence and send her to jail for many years sends a message that it's OK for police departments to break the rules and break the law and use contaminated evidence to get a conviction," Claypool said. Her attorneys plan to appeal the conviction.

Using the same strategy that won the 2009 conviction Williams and co-prosecutor Laura Laurie told jurors during the latest trial not to be distracted by the police misconduct allegations and persuaded them that the evidence against Dippolito was overwhelming. During last year's retrial, they focused heavily on the 23-minute video in which Dippolito told undercover officer Widy Jean she wanted her husband killed and agreed to pay $7,000. She also discussed various plots before Jean said he would kill her husband at the couple's home, making it look like a botched burglary while she was at the gym.

This time, while the tape remained a key cog in their case, they also called Michael Dippolito, a convicted conman who testified that his then-wife stole $100,000 from him shortly after they got married in February 2009. He also said someone twice planted drugs in his SUV and called police, which could have landed him back in prison for violating his probation. He thinks it was his ex-wife. He has said he met his former wife in 2008 when he hired her for sex. He soon divorced another woman and married her.

Prosecutors also read for the jury X-rated text messages Dalia Dippolito exchanged with a now-deceased lover, Mike Stanley, in 2009 after she got married.

She had Stanley impersonate a doctor, to help her hide the $100,000 theft by pretending to be pregnant, and later a lawyer, to make her husband wrongly think he had completed probation, prosecutors said. She hoped that if her husband stopped visiting his probation officer, he would be found in violation and returned to prison. In one text message, she rejoiced after persuading her husband to put their town house in her name only; in another, she complained after learning she still couldn't sell it without his signature.

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July 22nd, 2017, 4:42 am #9

Wow. She is something else.
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July 22nd, 2017, 7:24 am #10

Doc, there are scores of those "money whores" out there. A simple viewing of the media shows such as "For My Woman", "Deadly Affairs" etc, stands as living proof.
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