Jury deliberating in case of Fla. lottery slaying
Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 6:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 6:17 p.m.
TAMPA — Jurors began deliberating Monday in the case of a woman accused of killing a central Florida lottery winner.
Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore is accused of killing Abraham Shakespeare, who won millions in 2006.
"She got every bit of his money," said Hillsborough Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner in closing arguments. "He found out about it and threatened to kill her. She killed him first."
Prosecutors have built much of their case from confidential informant's statements and financial records.
"There were a lot of people who owed Mr. Shakespeare a lot of money. One guy owed him a million dollars," argued Defense Attorney Hileman. "The police focused on DeeDee Moore and they didn't even consider other people."
Moore is charged with first-degree murder, but Judge Emmett Battles instructed the jury that it may convict her of a lesser charge.
Moore was briefly banned from the Tampa courtroom Monday over concerns that she may have threatened jurors. She was back a short time later for closing arguments.
At times, the defendant closed her eyes and averted her face from the jury as prosecutors played audio recordings made by an undercover officer posing as a criminal who would take the fall for Shakespeare's murder.
Prosecutors said the 40-year-old Moore befriended Shakespeare in late 2008, claiming she was writing a book about how people were taking advantage of him. They claim Moore later became his financial adviser, eventually controlling every asset he had left, including an expensive home, the debt owed to him and a $1.5 million annuity. She ultimately swindled Shakespeare out of his dwindling fortune, then shot him and buried his body under a concrete slab in her backyard, said assistant state attorney Jay Pruner.
Earlier Monday, Moore said she would not take the stand because she wanted to protect her family. Defense attorneys rested their case without calling any other witnesses.
In opening statements, Moore's attorney told the jury that his client was trying to help protect Shakespeare's assets from a pending child-support case when he was killed by drug dealers who haven't been caught.
Former inmate Rose Condora, who was locked up with Moore, said she visits her friend every night at the jail.
"She's not what people think she is. She did not kill that man," Condora told reporters during a break in the trial.
Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.