Opening statements on tap in Dalia Dippolito’s third murder-for-hire trial

Opening statements are scheduled to begin Thursday in the third trial of a Boynton Beach woman accused of hiring an undercover police officer to kill her husband.

A jury was seated Wednesday in Dalia Dippolito's murder-for-hire trial after prosecutors and defense attorneys spent four days vetting hundreds of potential jurors about their knowledge of the case.

Dippolito, 34, is accused of paying an undercover police officer, who was posing as a hit man, to kill her husband in 2009.

The Boynton Beach Police Department staged a crime scene and recorded her reaction on the day her husband was supposed to be killed. She was convicted of solicitation to commit first-degree murder in 2011 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed the conviction in 2014.

Her second trial last year ended in a mistrial with the jury deadlocked 3-3.

Prosecutors alleged in Dippolito's previous trials that she offered an undercover officer $7,000 to kill her then-husband.

Defense attorneys claimed that the Boynton Beach Police Department wanted to gain attention by soliciting the "Cops" television show and violated Dippolito's constitutional rights by setting her up with the help of former lover Mohamed Shihadeh, who became a confidential informant for police.

Her former attorney argued in the 2011 trial that Dippolito thought she was being recorded as part of a hoax to get her husband on a reality TV show. She was found guilty, but the verdict was thrown out because of a mistake during jury selection.

Unlike the last trial, ex-husband Mike Dippolito is expected to testify. He was a witness for the prosecution in the first trial.

Mike Dippolito spoke to reporters after last year's mistrial, criticizing the state's presentation of evidence.

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