News Release: Associated Press
July 31, 2014
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- An appeals court has overturned the conviction of a South Florida woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for trying to hire someone to kill her husband of just six months.
Florida's 4th District Court of Appeal released an opinion Wednesday, ruling that the judge in 31-year-old Dalia Dippolito's first trial was wrong for not questioning prospective jurors individually about pre-trial publicity.
Dippolito was convicted in 2011 of solicitation to commit first-degree murder.
Boynton Beach police say Dippolito offered a hit man -- who was actually an undercover police officer -- $3,000 to kill her husband in August 2009.
Dippolito's attorney argued that she thought she was being recorded as part of a hoax to get her husband, Michael, on a reality TV show.
No date has been set for Dippolito's new trial.
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