Detective: 'Cops' TV presence damaged murder-for-hire case

AP News
Posted: Dec 09, 2016 2:17 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A former detective believes that having a "Cops" television crew present damaged the Dalia Dippolito murder-for-hire investigation.

Frank Ranzie told a Palm Beach County jury Friday that he strongly objected to his supervisors about the presence of the reality television show's cameras, but his bosses at the Boynton Beach Police Department ordered him to cooperate. Ranzie was a sergeant in the detective bureau in 2009 when the investigation into Dippolito's alleged plot to kill her then-husband happened.

Ranzie said the detectives' primary goal should have been to complete the investigation and not produce a TV show.

The 34-year-old Dippolito is charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill her husband Michael in 2009. The case became a special episode on "Cops." Dippolito's 2011 conviction was overturned on appeal.