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Opening statements draw contrast in murder-for-hire trial

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/7/2016 By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Either a Florida woman tried to hire a hit man to kill her newlywed husband, or she is the victim of a rogue police department seeking fame on the "Cops" television show.

Those contrasts were drawn during opening statements Wednesday in the murder-for-hire trial of 34-year-old Dalia Dippolito.

Prosecutor Craig Williams told the jury in a straightforward 10-minute address that Dippolito's own words show she wanted her husband killed in 2009. He says police recordings show she gave an undercover detective money and instructions to kill her then-husband Michael Dippolito.

Defense attorney Brian Claypool said the Boynton Beach detectives scripted the investigation to make better television for "Cops," and that their own actions show they never believed she was a threat.

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