since the day of her arrest in 2009 have taken a visible toll. From a girlish suspect, to a groomed defendant, to a mother (still no word on the identity of the father), to a 34-year-old convict in jailhouse scrubs. About the only thing that hasn’t changed for the former Dalia Mohammed is her decision to keep her married name, although she divorced in 2011. Her high-profile courtoom
Dalia Dippolito‘s prison-release date will remain Aug. 24, 2032.
The Boynton Beach woman’s efforts to win a fourth trial failed Wednesday when a Palm Beach County appellate court upheld her conviction for trying to hire — and thinking she had hired — a hit-man to kill her husband.
Dippolito committed her crime in 2009. She was convicted in 2017.
She was 26 when this saga began. She’s now 36 and a mom. She had a baby along the way — while on house arrest in 2016.
A camera crew from the television show “Cops” was there to record Dippolito’s hysterical reaction in 2009 when police staged a crime scene, and told Dippolito her home had been robbed and Mike, her husband, had been killed — just like the plot Dippolito had hatched with the alleged hit man.
The recording went viral and made the rounds on national news.
After Boynton Beach police arrested Dippolito, told her that her husband of six months was still alive and the alleged hit man was really a cop, Dippolito maintained her innocence.
It was a lover who went to police and revealed her scheme.
The jury at Dippolito’s third trial delivered a guilty verdict. The two previous ones had ended in mistrial.
The former escort is serving a 16-year term at a women’s prison north of Ocala in Marion County. She is one of approximately 3,000 inmates at the Lowell Correctional Institution.
Her lawyers argued entrapment in Dippolito’s latest appeal to the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach and balked at the presence of the TV camera crew at her arrest.
The defense lawyers also argued that jurors had improperly learned that their client had previously tried to poison her husband’s iced tea with antifreeze.
In a seven-page ruling, Judge Martha Warner rejected all of it.
The police officer didn’t pose as a hit man until after Dippolito’s lover came forward, the ruling said.
“It was the lover who first approached the police with his concern that [Dippolito] would kill her husband, not the other way around,” Warner wrote.
As for the television cameras, they weren’t involved in the surveillance or investigation, she wrote.
“They did not enter the picture until after [Dippolito] had already taken all the steps to solicit the murder of her husband.”
And although the trial judge had made a pretrial ruling that evidence about the poisoning episode could not be introduced at trial, it was with a caveat, the ruling said.
It wouldn’t be allowed “unless something made him change his mind during trial,” Warner wrote. “Something did occur during trial to cause the judge to rethink the earlier ruling.”
When the defense put Dippolito’s lover on the stand, he testified that he did not believe she “actually wanted to kill her husband.”
That opened the door, the judge ruled, for the jury to hear that the lover had also once said that Dippolito had tried to kill
her husband by poisoning him.
“It also explains why the lover initially approached police — because he actually did believe [Dippolito] was going to kill her husband,” Warner wrote.