She allegedly plotted a murder-for-hire scheme against her husband and was arrested in a staged-murder scene at her house; but Dalia Dippolito will get another shot to convince a jury she is innocent thanks to a ruling from the 4th District Court of Appeals, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The appellate court said Judge Jeffrey Colbath’s refusal to let Dippolito’s attorneys question jurors about their awareness of the case was reason enough to overturn her conviction and 20-year prison sentence, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Dippolito’s murder-for-hire scheme was captured on surveillance video by an undercover Boynton Beach Police officer who was posing as a hit man. Dippolito offered to pay $3,000 to the hit man to kill her husband, Michael Dippolito.
The video of Dippolito arriving at the staged murder scene went viral and has been viewed tens of thousands of times on YouTube. Dalia’s defense said the murder-for-hire scheme was a plan from her husband to get famous and be on reality television, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office said the case would move forward with a new trial.