TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – The Florida Supreme Court has decided not to take up an appeal by Dalia Dippolito, the Boynton Beach woman accused of hiring a hit man in 2009 to kill her new husband.
After being rejected by the state’s 4th District Court of Appeal, Dippolito’s lawyers went to the state’s highest court asking that her murder case be dismissed because the Boynton Beach Police department acted unethically in building a case against her.
In their filing, attorneys Brian Claypool and Andrew Greenly claimed the police coerced a former lover of Dippolito into threatening her to move forward with hiring the hitman, who in reality was an undercover police officer.
The case gained national notoriety because “Cops” happened to be filming with the Boynton Beach police.
The so-called hitman and police staged a crime scene to make it look like Michael Dippolito had been murdered. They captured Dalia’s reaction and the case made headlines coast to coast as she was arrested.
During the trial, Dippolito’s defense was that she was acting for a reality TV show. In 2011, she was convicted of solicitation to commit first-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
An appeals court tossed out that case because of reported issues at jury selection. That cleared the way for a new trial.
Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley set Dippolito’s retrial for December 5th but said he would postpone it if the Florida Supreme Court had agreed to hear her case.