Florida’s Supreme Court on Tuesday denied former Boynton Beach newlywed Dalia Dippolito’s appeal of her murder solicitation case, clearing the way for a December retrial on charges that she tried to hire a hitman to kill her new husband.
The move comes a month after Dippolito’s lawyers, fresh from a rejection from Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal, asked the high court to dismiss Dippolito’s case based on claims that Boynton Beach Police officials engaged in “reprehensible” and unethical behavior to build a case against Dippolito.
Attorneys Brian Claypool and Andrew Greenly claimed officers coerced Dippolito’s sometime lover into threatening her to move forward with the 2009 plot against Michael Dippolito because it would make for a good episode of the reality TV show COPS.
A Florida Supreme Court clerk signed a single-page order dismissing Dippolito’s appeal Tuesday as “successive” but offered no further explanation.
Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley recently set Dippolito’s retrial for Dec. 5 and said he would postpone it if the Florida Supreme Court had agreed to hear her case.
Dippolito in 2011 was sentenced to 20 years in prison after a first jury convicted her of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. Her conviction was later overturned on appeal, clearing the way for a new trial.
Dippolito, 33, didn’t take the stand in her own defense in the first trial, bt in a hearing earlier this year, she revealed for the first time claims that she, Michael Dippolito and lover Mohamed Shihadeh all came together to fabricate the plot in hopes that the publicity would score them more acting jobs.