A Palm Beach County judge has denied bond for the woman who has spent the last eight years in and out of court because of an alleged murder-for-hire plot she was charged for in 2009.
In a 24-page ruling on Wednesday, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley denied bond for Dalia Dippolito, 34, who asked for house arrest as she appeals her second conviction and recent 16-year prison sentence, according to Palm Beach Post.
Dippolito, the new mother of a 16-month old baby boy, was charged in 2009 for hiring an undercover cop to kill her husband. She was found guilty in 2011, but had the conviction overturned on appeal. She was allowed to post $500,000 bond instead of begin a 20-year prison sentence.
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Last year, the new mother’s second trial ended in a hung jury, but her third trial ended in a second conviction for her on June 16 of this year.
In a hearing, prosecutors brought to court a recent phone call between Dippolito and Robert William Davis, 33, the father of her child. The 34-year-old mother placed the call from jail, and spoke about news of a prison escape in South Carolina which was made possible by wire cutters delivered by a drone. She told Davis, “everyone here was like pumped up.”
Her lawyers, however, rebutted by saying that their client wouldn’t risk a fourth appeal for a life on the run, and this phone call was no clear indication that she was planning an escape, reports SunSentinel.
The judge wrote that he couldn’t draw “any real conclusions” from the phone call, but given “the history of this case,” he felt she was at risk to manipulate Davis into helping her escape.
Kelley wrote in his ruling that Dippolito was a flight-risk now that she was looking at spending the majority of her son’s childhood behind bars.
He wanted “to be clear the court does not seek in any way to punish the Defendant for having a child,” but also acknowledged that “escape with her child is a significant temptation and risk.”
Attorney Brian Claypool, a member of Dippolito’s defense team, says they are positive about the conviction being thrown out on her next appeal.
[Feature Photo: AP/Lannis Waters/Palm Beach Post]