A Florida woman accused of hiring a hit man to kill her husband in 2009 is speaking out after a judge declared a mistrial in the high-profile case.
A split jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on Wednesday in the case of Dalia Dippolito, accused of hiring an undercover police officer to kill her now-former husband, Michael Dippolito. Dalia Dippolito has said the encounter was a video project she was doing along with Michael and her former lover so that the trio could land a reality TV show.
“For the past seven years, I mean, this has been a nightmare,” she said in an exclusive interview with Dateline NBC, conducted after the defense’s closing arguments. “No one is seeing what took place before that and so it’s always going to be a he-said, she-said and it shouldn’t be that way.”
Dippolito has maintained that she never intended to go through with the murder-for-hire plot. And her attorneys held that officers with the Boynton Beach Police Department failed to properly investigate the situation so they could capture video footage for the TV show Cops.
“They just started manufacturing all of these things and creating these scenarios and putting me in these situations that look horrible,” Dippolito said.
In 2011, Dippolito was found guilty of solicitation to commit first-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years. Her conviction was appealed and overturned.
Now, seven years later, Michael has said he’s looking to leave the situation in the past.
“I wish them all luck: Her, her family,” he said recently told reporters at a press conference. “I don’t have any ill feelings toward these people. I’m trying to move past this.”
The full Dateline NBC interview airs at 9 p.m./8 (CT) on Friday.