Lottery Murder: DeeDee Moore Found Guilty
DeeDee Moore convicted of first degree murder in 2009 slaying of lotto winner.
Lottery Murder Suspect Dee Dee Moore Found Guilty
TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 10, 2012 — DeeDee Moore, the Tampa woman accused of swindling and then killing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, was found guilty today of first degree murder and other charges, after she declined to take the stand and the defense rested without calling a single witness.
In addition to the murder charge, Moore was also found guilty of possessing and discharging a firearm resulting in death. Prosecutors did not pursue the death penalty in the case, and Moore was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
“After trial and listening to all of this over two weeks, words that were said cool, calculated, manipulated. Abraham Shakespeare was your prey and victim. Money was the route of evil you brought to Abraham. You are sentenced to life in prison you shall not be elegible for parole,” Judge Emmet Battles said.
Jurors deliberated for more than three hours Monday before delivering their verdict.
Prosecutors argued that Moore, 40, befriended Shakespeare before he vanished in April 2009 after he’d won $30 million in the Florida lottery. After Shakespeare had given away most of his money to people who simply asked for it, Moore agreed to manage the little he had left, but instead, prosecutors said, stole his winnings and killed him.
During a dramatic trial Moore has broken down in tears several times, and at one point said that she went into anaphylactic shock while in custody after taking the drug Bactrim when she was having problems with cuts on her ankles from being cuffed every day.
Early today the defense announced it would rest its case without calling any witnesses. Moore did not testify during her trial.
“There is no witness that can say she ever admitted to doing the killing or participating as a principle in helping anyone else do the killing,” Moore’s defense attorney Byron Hileman said today.
In the courtroom this morning, Moore’s friend, former inmate Rose Condora was accused of threatening witnesses by Tampa Judge Emmett Battles, and was thrown out of the courtroom.
Authorities say Shakespeare, 47, was shot twice in the chest by a .38-caliber pistol sometime in April 2009. He wasn’t reported missing until November 2009. His body was found under a slab of cement in a backyard in January 2010.
Polk County authorities claim Moore offered someone a $200,000 house in exchange for reporting a false sighting of Shakespeare. She also allegedly sent the victim’s son $5,000 in cash for his birthday, and used the victim’s cellphone to send text messages purportedly from him.
Shakespeare’s mother, Elizabeth Walker, also testified that Moore tried to hide that her son was missing, and said that he had AIDS.
Sentorria Butler, Shakespeare’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child, also testified. Butler told the court last week that Moore is a divisive and manipulative woman who told her Shakespeare “ran off with the lady from the bank.”
During the trial, jurors also watched a Walmart surveillance video that the prosecution said links Moore to Shakespeare’s killing. The footage shows Moore making a $104 cash purchase of gloves, duct tape, plastic sheeting and other items detectives later found close to where Shakespeare’s body was buried.
Jurors hearing the case also heard a rambling two-page letter that witness Greg Smith, a police informant who was a former friend of Shakespeare and supposed friend of Moore, says Moore allegedly forged while at a Comfort Inn & Suites in Lakeland, Fla.
The letter was meant to appear to be from Shakespeare, prosecutors said. They say the letter was a ruse to convince Shakespeare’s mother that he was still alive. Moore attempted to cover her tracks while it was written, according to prosecutors.
During the trial, jurors had to be accompanied by a security escort into the courtroom after they told the judge Smith and Shakespeare’s family and friends were making them feel uncomfortable outside the courthouse. None of the jurors had to be excused by the judge.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
DeeDee Moore, the Tampa woman accused of swindling and then killing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, was found guilty today of first degree murder and other charges, after she declined to take the stand and the defense rested without calling a single witness.
This Is What ‘Women Who Kill’s Dorice ‘Dee Dee’ Moore Is Doing Now
Dorice ‘Dee Dee’ Moore was featured on the second episode of Channel 4’s series Women Who Kill as a convicted murderer who killed her former business partner and U.S. lottery winner Abraham Lee Shakespeare. Moore’s case was pretty fascinating from start to finish, and, since her conviction, she has become known for causing court-room drama, including epic meltdowns and physical fits. But, after all of that, where is Dorice ‘Dee Dee’ Moore from Women Who Kill now?
Shakespeare was a causal labourer from Sebring, Florida, who won $30 million in the lottery in 2006, according The Sun. However, the newspaper reports that, instead of choosing annual payments of $1 million, Shakespeare opted for a one-off payment of $17 million. The newspaper writes: “Shakespeare acquired numerous ‘hangers-on’ after his big win in 2006. One of these was Dee Dee Moore, who launched a business with the lotto winner.”
Speaking about how Shakespeare and Moore’s relationship, the Daily Mail writes: “Moore sought out Shakespeare after he generously shared his newfound wealth by buying houses and cars for his fellow Polk County residents. As a successful businesswoman she claimed that she didn’t need his money, but wanted to help him manage his finances as an adviser.” The Mail reports that Moore then “began transferring his funds into her accounts, changing the deeds on his house and his BMW into her name.”
According to The Sun, family members reported Shakespeare as missing in November 2009. The newspaper reports that “[a] tip-off led investigators to the back garden of Dee Dee’s boyfriend’s house. Shakespeare’s body was found buried in five feet of dirt under a newly constructed concrete slab. He was 43.”
As ABC news reports, in 2012 Moore was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Shakespeare. “During a dramatic trial Moore has broken down in tears several times, and at one point said that she went into anaphylactic shock while in custody after taking the drug Bactrim when she was having problems with cuts on her ankles from being cuffed every day,” ABC writes.
In Channel 4’s 2017 documentary Women Who Kill Moore attempted to prove her innocence by saying, “I would not have killed a man in the only carpeted room in the house. Come on, I’m a woman.” And, speaking about her original trial, Moore told Channel 4: “In my case none of these facts came out. If those facts had come out, I wouldnвЂ™t have ever been convicted. I am not a manipulator type person, I didnвЂ™t deserve this.”
In 2017, Fox News reports, Moore attempted to seek a new trial, claiming that her former attorney, Byron Hileman, did not allow her to testify during her original trial, even though she had wanted to. Moore also claimed that Shakespeare’s friend Greg Smith had “tampered with the jury,” Fox writes. There appears to have been no word on whether Moore will receive a new trial yet.
Dorice ‘Dee Dee’ Moore was featured on the second episode of Channel 4’s series Women Who Kill as a convicted murderer who killed her former business partner and U.S. lottery winner Abraham Lee Shakespeare. Moore’s case was pretty fascinating fromвЂ¦