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Former lover of Florida woman who plotted to kill husband found dead

Mohamed Shihadeh was an informant against Dalia Dippolito, a former escort convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband in a case that was featured on “Cops.”
 
In this June 16, 2017, file photo, Dalia Dippolito listens to attorneys and Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley discuss jury instructions in her third attempted murder trial in West Palm Beach. Mohamed Shihadeh, Dippolito's former lover and later an informant against the former escort in a case in which she was convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill her newlywed husband, has died.
In this June 16, 2017, file photo, Dalia Dippolito listens to attorneys and Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley discuss jury instructions in her third attempted murder trial in West Palm Beach. Mohamed Shihadeh, Dippolito's former lover and later an informant against the former escort in a case in which she was convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill her newlywed husband, has died. [ LANNIS WATERS | AP ]
Published Nov. 3, 2021|Updated Nov. 3, 2021

SEBRING — The former lover and later informant against a Florida woman convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill her newlywed husband has died.

Mohamed Shihadeh, 40, was found dead in his Sebring apartment on Oct. 24, according to a police report. He was found by his brother after family members had not been able to reach him for two days. Police have not reported a cause of death and the results of an autopsy are pending. Sebring is located about 80 miles south of Orlando.

In this April 29, 2011, file photo, Mohamed Shihadeh is shown in pre-taped testimony during Dalia Dippolito's trial at the Palm Beach County Courthouse in West Palm Beach. Shihadeh, the former lover and later informant against Dippolito,  was found dead in his Sebring apartment on Oct. 24, according to a police report.
In this April 29, 2011, file photo, Mohamed Shihadeh is shown in pre-taped testimony during Dalia Dippolito's trial at the Palm Beach County Courthouse in West Palm Beach. Shihadeh, the former lover and later informant against Dippolito, was found dead in his Sebring apartment on Oct. 24, according to a police report. [ RICHARD GRAULICH | ASSOCIATED PRESS ]

Dalia Dippolito gained national attention in 2009 when her arrest was featured on the television show “Cops.” She was convicted in 2017 to soliciting first-degree murder and sentenced to 16 years in prison. An earlier conviction had been tossed on appeal, and her second trial ended in a hung jury.

In this June 15, 2017, file photo, Dalia Dippolito wipes away tears during the testimony of Mohamed Shihadeh, Dippolito's longtime lover who agreed to work with Boynton Beach cops, during her third attempted murder trial in West Palm Beach.
In this June 15, 2017, file photo, Dalia Dippolito wipes away tears during the testimony of Mohamed Shihadeh, Dippolito's longtime lover who agreed to work with Boynton Beach cops, during her third attempted murder trial in West Palm Beach. [ LANNIS WATERS | AP ]

The investigation against Dippolito began after Shihadeh went to Boynton Beach police and told detectives Dippolito wanted her then-husband, Michael Dippolito, dead, investigators said. Police had an undercover officer pretend to be a hit man and meet with Dalia Dippolito. A 23-minute video shows Dippolito telling the undercover officer she wanted her husband killed and agreed to pay $7,000. Boynton Beach is located just south of West Palm Beach.

In this July 21, 2017, file photo, Michael Dippolito testifies during the sentencing hearing for his ex-wife, Dalia Dippolito, in West Palm Beach. Dalia Dippolito was convicted in her third trial on charges she tried to have her husband killed in 2009.
In this July 21, 2017, file photo, Michael Dippolito testifies during the sentencing hearing for his ex-wife, Dalia Dippolito, in West Palm Beach. Dalia Dippolito was convicted in her third trial on charges she tried to have her husband killed in 2009. [ LANNIS WATERS | AP ]

Defense attorneys have argued during Dippolito’s three trials that Shihadeh initially contacted police to report her being in an abusive relationship and was later turned into a reluctant informant. Her attorneys also argued at one point that Dippolito was acting during her meeting with the undercover officer in hopes of starring in a reality TV show with her husband.