WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — An appeals court will hear the arguments of a former escort charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill her newlywed husband.
Florida’s 4th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed late last week to consider Dalia Dippolito’s argument that her case be thrown out because of alleged misconduct by police investigators. No hearing date is set.
Dippolito’s lawyers argue detectives pushed her former lover, Mohamed Shihadeh, to make her meet with an undercover officer posing as hit man even though Shihadeh wanted out of the investigation. The lawyers say Shihadeh threatened Dippolito with a gun when she balked at the meeting.
The video of Dippolito’s meeting with the pretend hit man became part of a “Cops” television show episode. Dippolito’s scheduled May trial will be postponed pending the ruling.