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Shortly after the marriage of Michael and Dalia Dippolito in February 2009, things began to go south, Michael would later testify. And in late July 2009 — just five months after their wedding —she paid an undercover cop $7,000 to take her husband’s life, as detailed on the season premiere of “Murder for Hire,” airing Saturdays at 6 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.
Michael Dippolito was married to another woman when he first met Dalia Mohammed in Boynton Beach, Florida, in late 2009. He had hired her for sex through an escort service, but he quickly fell in love and divorced his wife. Five days after the paperwork was finalized, they got married, according to ABC News.
Michael was a convicted former conman, released on probation five years before meeting Dalia Mohammed. Dalia used that fact against him when she began sending saucy texts to Mike Stanley, an ex-lover, trying to convince him to help her get her husband arrested and sent back to prison, prosecutors said at trial, according to the Associated Press. She allegedly convinced Stanley to impersonate a lawyer and convince her husband he’d completed his probation — and to impersonate a doctor to convince him she was pregnant.
Michael also testified at trial that his wife planted drugs in his truck and tried to poison one of his drinks with antifreeze, the Associated Press reported.
In addition to flirting with Stanley, Dalia was also in communication with another ex-lover, Mohamed Shihadeh. July 31, 2009, Shihadeh went to Boynton Beach police to tell them that his former “intimate friend” was trying to get him to find her a hit man, according to the Sun Sentinel.
The police sent undercover officer Widy Jean to pose as a hitman, and Mohammed paid Jean $7,000 to murder her husband, according to the Associated Press. The plan: While Dalia was at the gym, Jean would shoot her husband and make it look like a burglary.
Because they wanted to record the wife’s reaction for evidence, police staged the fake burglary and informed Dalia that her husband was dead, according to ABC News. She pretended to be shocked.
When she went to trial, Dalia claimed that she and her now-ex-husband had set up the entire scene as a stunt, according to ABC News. They were hoping to post the footage on YouTube and get on reality TV, and they thought it would be best if everything was recorded on the cameras of real, undercover police officers, she claimed.
“That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” Michael told “Murder for Hire” producers.
Dippolito was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2017. She attempted to appeal her sentence earlier this year — a request which the Florida Supreme Court rejected without comment on Sept. 4, according to ABC News. Her scheduled release date is 2032, the outlet reported.
To find out more about this story, watch this week’s episode of “Murder for Hire” on Oxygen.com, and catch new episodes Saturday nights at 6 p.m. ET/PT.
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