By Al Pefley email
Boynton Beach, FL (WFLX)
Yet another turn of events in the murder for hire plot involving a Boynton Beach couple.
It turns out, one day before the hit was to supposed to go down, the husband put the couple's townhome in his wife's name, giving her exclusive ownership of the property. A lawsuit has just been filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court asking a judge to throw out a deed that gives Dalia Dippolito the couple's townhome and to restore the ownership to her husband Michael.
The lawsuit says Dalia never really loved her husband, and married him last February only because she wanted to get her hands on his $232,000 townhouse in Boynton Beach's Renaissance Commons.
The lawsuit says quote: "She did not love the Plaintiff and only married him to unlawfully obtain his property. She knew she wanted the Plaintiff dead and her representations of love and devotion were false at the time they were made... The sole purpose for the marriage was to convert all of his property to her own use."
Police say Dalia Dippolito tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband Michael. Little did she know, the person she tried to hire turned out to be an undercover police officer.
"I think it's pretty sad. It really is pretty sad, you know when you think about it. But I think there's a lot more behind it that nobody knows about," said Jack Lynch, a neighbor.
Dalia Dippolito is charged with solicitation to commit first degree murder.
She bonded out of jail yesterday and is now confined to her mother's house.
"I didn't do anything and I didn't plot anything! What was that? I didn't do anything and I didn't plot anything!" Dalia Dippolito told reporters as police placed her in the backseat of a squad car Wednesday following her arrest.
Meanwhile, Michael Dippolito's ex-wife Maria Dippolito is speaking out.
She says she has known Michael for over 10 years, and she calls him a "good guy."
In a written statement Maria says quote: "I am sorry to see what he is going through. It is unfortunate that someone would do this to another human being. We had a good marriage and he always made me happy and feel deserved. Our divorce was the result of differences that could not be worked out. He was a great husband."
Maria still lives in south Florida and works in the medical field. She and Michael were married for about two years, and did not have any children together.
They got divorced in January.
Meanwhile, we've also just learned who tipped the police off about this, and who turned Dalia in. According to the lawsuit filed by Michael Dippolito, it was Dalia Dippolito's boyfriend who went to police.
The lawsuit reveals that last month Dalia had convinced her husband Michael to sign a deed giving her sole ownership of their quarter-million dollar townhome in Renaissance Commons in Boynton Beach.
That was on July 31. Less than a week later she was arrested when police say she tried to hire a hitman to kill him.
The lawsuit reveals that although Dalia and Michael had only been married for a few months, she was already seeing another guy.
And it turns out that this boyfriend went to police and tipped them about the murder for hire plot.
The lawsuit says quote; "...she advised this man she wanted her husband killed. This person reported the conversation to the proper authorities." The boyfriend is not named in the lawsuit.
Boynton Beach Police won't confirm that Dalia's boyfriend was the tipster.
A police spokeswoman says they don't comment on the identity of confidential informants who provide information to police.