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Dalia Dippolito: Did ‘Cops’ set up wife in murder-for-hire case?

by Alan Duke, Reporter & 'Crime Stories With Nancy Grace' Co-host

Video shows Dalia Dippolito telling an undercover cop she wants her husband dead, but screaming later when police falsely told her he had been killed. Still, two Florida juries have refused to convict Dippolito of hiring a hit man to carry out the killing.

When Dippolito’s third trial starts in June, defense lawyer Brian Claypool plans to argue that Boynton Beach police pressured an informant to help set her up because the “Cops” police reality show wanted to focus on the case.

Nancy Grace debates the Dippolito case in this episode of “Crime Stories.”

[Feature Photo:AP/Richard Graulich, Pool]

Alan’s journalism career began as a way to pay for his plan to become a lawyer, but he soon realized being a courtroom reporter was a lot more fun than sitting at a defense table. Duke covered many of the nation’s most sensational crime stories over his 26 years at CNN. Duke’s closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat, much of his time was spent talking to cops, coroners and lawyers. His reporting on the investigation that followed Michael Jackson’s death — and two subsequent trials — included many revelations about the singer’s life and death.   Since leaving CNN in 2014, Duke has contributed to the Reelz Channel “Copycat Killers” documentary series. He is a co-founder and editor-in-chief for