The jury deliberating the fate of a Florida woman accused of paying an undercover cop $7,000 to kill her husband informed the court late Tuesday that they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
However, the judge sent them home for the night, and said if they still couldn’t come to a verdict on Wednesday that he would issue an “Allen Charge” that essentially asks jurors to try one more time to reach a unanimous verdict in the case. Jurors were asked to return at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning to resume deliberations one more time.
The defendant, Dalia Dippolito was captured on cameras during the television show “Cops” paying an undercover officer, but she says the entire thing was set up by “a corrupt department” to impress the producers of the television show.
Dippolito was convicted at her first trial in 2011 and sentenced to 20-years in prison for solicitation to commit first-degree murder with a firearm. However, an appeals court overturned her conviction in 2014 and granted her a new trial. She has been out of jail on bond since then first verdict was thrown out.
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