A former Florida escort was denied bond on Wednesday as she appeals her conviction in a murder-for-hire plot to have her new husband killed.
Palm Beach County Judge Glenn Kelley denied Dalia Dippolito’s request to go free on house arrest while she appeals her June conviction of solicitation of first-degree murder.
The 34-year-old woman was found guilty in her third trial to have her newlywed husband killed by a hit man in 2009. She was sentenced to 16 years in prison last month.
During court Wednesday, Kelley questioned her defense team’s strategy when he made his latest ruling.
Dalia Dippolito, a former Florida escort, was denied bond on Wednesday as she appeals her conviction in a murder-for-hire plot to have her new husband Michael Dippolito killed in 2009
Palm Beach County Judge Glenn Kelley denied Dippolito’s (pictured above in June) request to go free on house arrest while she appeals her June conviction of solicitation of first-degree murder
‘The defense, essentially, objected to everything,’ the judge wrote, according to the Palm Beach Post. ‘Some of these objections had merit, some did not, and some — candidly — bordered on the frivolous.’
The former escort was recorded on camera telling an undercover police detective that she was ‘5,000 per cent sure’ she wanted her newlywed husband Michael Dippolito dead.
Michael, himself a convicted conman who said he fell in love after he first hired Dalia for sex, took a dig at his ex-wife when he said he was ‘5,000 percent happy’ with her conviction back in June.
She was first convicted and sentenced to 20 years in 2011, before it was tossed out on an appeal. The retrial last year resulted in a 3-3 hung jury.
The 34-year-old woman was found guilty in her third trial and was sentenced to 16 years in prison in July. She was first convicted and sentenced to 20 years in 2011, before it was tossed out on an appeal. The retrial last year resulted in a 3-3 hung jury
Dippolito was recorded on camera telling an undercover police detective that she was ‘5,000 per cent sure’ she wanted her newlywed husband Michael Dippolito (above) dead
Prosecutors argued during her sentencing that she should be sentenced to 30 years while her attorneys pushed for two years and probation.
Her lawyers chalked it up to a one-time mistake and said it was important for the former escort to raise her son, who is only 14 months old.
Kelley said Dalia acted in a ‘cold and calculated manner’ and Michael said his life was ruined when his ex-wife plotted to have him killed.
Michael said Dalia and her attorneys falsely portrayed him as a wife beater and tried to make him look bad to somehow justify her actions.
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The prosecution presented a 23-minute video in which Dalia agreed to pay undercover officer Widy Jean $7,000 to have her husband killed
But Michael, who divorced another woman and married Dalia after four months, told the judge at the time of her sentencing, ‘Listen, when I met her, it was very exciting,’ ABC reported.
‘We got along really well. Our sex life was amazing and that was part of the whole reason, you know, I was so into her and I thought she was into me.’
During her trial, the prosecution presented a 23-minute video in which Dippolito agreed to pay undercover officer Widy Jean $7,000 to have her husband killed.
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.
During the trial, prosecutors also called Michael, who believes his wife twice planted drugs in his SUV before calling the police so he might land back in prison for violating his probation.
Prosecutors also read for the jury X-rated text messages Dalia exchanged with a now-deceased lover, Mike Stanley, in 2009 after she got married, according to the Palm Beach Post.
She had Stanley impersonate a doctor to help her hide the $100,000 she stole from her husband. He then pretended to be a lawyer to trick her husband into thinking he had completed probation, prosecutors said.
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.
Prosecutors also showed video of her interview with detectives at the police station after being made to believe her husband had been killed.
She volunteered potential killers, including her husband’s former crime partners, and denied knowing Jean when he was brought before her in handcuffs as the killer.