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Mistrial declared in murder-for-hire case tied to 'Cops'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/14/2016 By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A hung jury has led to a mistrial in the case of a Florida woman accused of trying to hire a hit man to murder her newlywed husband.

Judge Glenn Kelley declared the mistrial Wednesday in Dalia Dippolito's trial after the four-woman, two-man panel said it could not reach a verdict. They had deliberated for nine hours over two days.

It was not immediately known if prosecutors will try Dippolito a third time. She was convicted in 2011 but that verdict and 20-year sentence were thrown out on appeal.

The case gained national attention after millions saw videos of her trying to hire the hit man on the television show "Cops" and online. In one, she told an undercover police officer she was "5,000 percent sure" she wanted him to kill her then-husband, Michael Dippolito.

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