Just before 6am on the morning of August 5, 2009, newlywed Dalia Dippolito drove the 2km from her house in Palm Beach County, Florida, to her local gym for a workout.
While she was there, she received a phone call from a detective who told the then 26-year-old to return home immediately.
Arriving in front of her police tape-covered home, video footage from the scene shows Dalia breaking down in tears after being told her husband, 38-year-old Michael Dippolito, had been shot dead.
But her distraught reaction was a complete lie, as was that of the detectives who comforted her.
They not only knew Dalia had hired a contract killer to murder her husband, but they'd allowed reality TV show COPS to film the fake crime scene for one of their episodes - with the crew's cameras disguised on the suburban street as breaking news reporters.
WATCH: Dalia arriving home to her husband's "murder" scene. Post continues after video.
Dalia was taken to the police station for questioning, where she was asked, "Is there anyone that you know that would want to kill your husband?"
"He's on probation," she explained, telling the interviewing officer about the "problems" her husband had been having since getting out of jail for organised fraud.
But her story was cut short.
"You're going to jail today for solicitation of murder, you're under arrest," she was told.
It takes a few seconds for Dalia to digest the 'gotcha' moment. Despite being told the hitman she paid was in fact an undercover cop, she was quick to claim she "didn't do anything" before breaking down into tears.
It wasn't the first time Dalia had tried to kill Michael. She'd previously laced his Starbucks tea with antifreeze, but he'd spat it out after one sip. She'd also planted drugs on him and called police in an attempt to get him arrested for violating his probation. None of it worked.
Then, after reconnecting with an old boyfriend, Dalia shared her desire to kill her husband. But the ex-boyfriend took the information directly to police and then worked with them on the sting operation that would eventually put Dalia behind bars.
A hidden camera captures the former sex worker and real estate agent telling the 'contract killer' she's “5,000 per cent sure” she wants her husband dead.
Later Michael would tell the media, as reported by crime podcast CaseFile, his wife looked like she was doing nothing more than "ordering a cheese sandwich," while plotting his assassination.