Murdered Florida lottery winner’s girlfriend wins $1 million scratch-off
Antoinette Andrews’ new winning ticket in Florida. (Fox 13)
A Florida woman whose boyfriend pocketed a $30 million lottery prize a decade ago — before he was murdered — just won a $1 million prize herself, local media reported Wednesday.
Antoinette Andrews first went to Tallahassee in 2006 with her partner, Abraham Shakespeare, to claim his lottery winnings. Andrews and Shakespeare shared a child.
In 2010, Shakespeare’s body was found behind a home in East Hillsborough County. He had been missing for close to a year.
Dec. 7, 2012: Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore, seen talking with her defense attorney, was convicted of murdering Florida lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, inset. (AP)
Two years later, Dorice (Dee Dee) Moore was convicted of his murder and is serving time in jail. At the time, Fox News reported Moore had befriended Shakespeare in 2008 and later became his financial advisor, ultimately dwindling away his winnings, leaving the $30 million untraceable.
When he realized she had stolen his money, he threatened to kill her but she killed him first, according to Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner.
Raheem Dumas, Andrews’ son, told Fox 13 he felt like God was giving them a second chance. “We didn’t get to get what we wanted and God blessed us in this day and age, that we can get whatever we want,” said Dumas.
He said his mom was thinking about buying him a new car and buying the family a different home.
Andrews called Dumas when she saw she had won. Dumas recalled, “she was just crying and screaming on the phone. I was like, are you sure that it’s not $1,000 or $100,000?”
Andrews sent him a picture of the ticket to confirm. “When she did, I called her back and started freaking out,” said Dumas.
Andrews told The Ledger she’s “a little scared” of the winning ticket, and that “it still doesn’t seem real.”
Andrews chose to take the cash payout of $770,000.A Florida woman whose boyfriend pocketed a $30 million lottery prize a decade ago — before he was murdered — just won a $1 million prize herself, local media reported Wednesday.
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. ]]>