August 6, 2009 10:30 AM
"I Want It Done" Newlywed Wife Freaks Out in Hubby Hit Plot
Investigators say twice during a meeting Dalia Dippolito reported she was sure she wanted her husband killed.
(Palm Beach Post)
Palm Beach, Fla. (CBS/AP) New bride Dalia Dippolito was not at all happy to come home and discover that her husband – who she plotted to kill — was still very much alive, say police in Boynton Beach, Fla.
"I am 5,000 percent sure I want it done," police say the 26-year-old Dalia Dippolito told an undercover officer posing as a hit man, when she was asked if she was sure that she wanted to contract a hit on her husband of six months.
But the real kicker came when Dalia Dippolito, captured on police video, came home to find an elaborately staged crime scene. Believing her husband had just been knocked off, she breaks down in crocodile tears. "No, no," she cries.
But the fake tears for her husband turned into real tears for herself as police cuffed Dalia Dippolito and dropped her into a waiting police cruiser.
"There's no reason she had to do this. She was well off. She could have just left," her husband Michael Dippolito told CBS affiliate CBS 4 Miami
Dalia Dippolito was charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder and taken to the Palm Beach County jail, Boynton Beach Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said.
Dalia Dippolito gave an informant pictures of her husband, 38-year-old Michael Dippolito, and $1,200 for a hitman to purchase a handgun, according to a probable cause affidavit. She also offered to create an alibi for herself and detailed her husband's daily schedule.
An undercover officer posing as a hit man called Dalia Dippolito on Monday afternoon and arranged a meeting. The officer asked for $3,000 in cash and a key to the couple's home. The undercover officer later met Dalia Dippolito in a pharmacy parking lot and asked if she was sure she wanted her husband killed.
Video Courtesy of CBS 4 Miami
She laughed, according to the according to the affidavit, and said: "I will be very happy."
Dalia Dippolito discussed getaway routes, her home's security system, the location of her husband on Wednesday and the fee for the task, and the officer again asked if the woman was sure.
"I'm not going to change my mind," she responded, according to the documents.
Boynton Beach Police Sgt. Frank Ranzie described Dalia Dippolito on "The Early Show" Thursday as "calm, cool, calculated," pointing out to CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella she even offered options on how to kill her husband.
Ranzie added she maintained a "positive" and "motivated" attitude throughout the planning with the undercover cop.
Authorities staged an elaborate crime scene outside the Dippolito home on Wednesday morning, complete with yellow crime tape and several police vehicles.
"The bottom line is, we wanted her to believe without question that when she arrived that her husband was dead," Slater said.
Officers then contacted Dalia Dippolito at her gym and told her to come to the house. When an officer told Dalia Dippolito that her husband was dead, she broke down in tears, a video of the operation shows.
Michael Dippolito, the intended 'victim'.
(Palm Beach Post)
Dalia Dippolito was then taken to the Boynton Beach Police Department, where she was told of the investigation and arrested. Michael Dippolito, who was informed of the case Wednesday morning, was also at the police department, as was the undercover officer who Dalia Dippolito believed was going to kill her husband, according to a police news release.
Boynton Beach Police Det. Alex Moreno told CBS News Dalia Dippolito wasn't glad to know Michael Dippolito was alive.
Moreno said, "She was more in shock that he was alive."
Michael Dippolito told CBS News the news hasn't hit him yet.
"I get it, but I don't get it." He added, referring to the time of the would-be hit on his life, "Technically, if it's 10:50, I should have been dead at nine ... so I'm an hour-and-a-half on the good side, I guess."
Dalia Dippolito claims her innocence, saying, "I didn't do anything, and I didn't plot anything."
Bond had not yet been set and it was unclear if she had an attorney.