A judge on Thursday agreed to loosen some of the terms of Dalia Dippolito’s house arrest, allowing her to venture anywhere on her mother’s property.
As Dippolito awaits her third trial on a 2009 murder-for-hire charge, she has remained on lockdown at the residence. And before Thursday’s ruling by Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley, Dippolito only had been allowed to go as far as the home’s patio area into the backyard.
It was Dippolito’s latest request to loosen the terms of her house arrest before her retrial, which is set to start with jury selection in June.
Kelley also permitted Dippolito to attend her brother’s wedding in Boca Raton, as well as the rehearsal dinner the day before and a post-wedding brunch the following day.
On Jan. 6, Judge Kelley denied her request to end her 24-hour curfew and remove her GPS ankle monitor that allows law enforcement to track her movements. He upheld those restrictions Thursday.
The judge on Thursday also rejected some of Dippolito’s other requests: She had wanted to leave her mother’s residence and move freely within Palm Beach County between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Last month, Dippolito and her lawyers also requested permission for the new mom to take her son to the park and go to the grocery store, which Kelley rejected.
Dippolito remains accused of trying to have her newlywed spouse killed by a hit man, who turned out to be an undercover Boynton Beach police officer.
Other house arrest conditions of her $25,000 bond remain, including scheduled trips to church, medical appointments, her lawyer’s office and court.