TAMPA, Fla. -- A Tampa judge has told jurors in the murder trial of a woman accused of killing a Florida lottery winner that the proceedings will continue through next week.
The trial was supposed to last until Friday. But Judge Emmett Lamar Battles told the jury on Thursday the trial will stretch into Monday or Tuesday.
It was the ninth day of trial for Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore, who is accused of scamming Abraham Shakespeare out of some of his lottery winnings and then killing him in 2009.
During the trial's opening statements, Moore's lawyer told jurors 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.
On Thursday, Sentorria Butler, the mother of Shakespeare's son, told jurors that "Dee Dee Moore wanted to clean him out."
Butler, 27, described her life with Shakespeare as happy until Moore pressured a break-up. After their 2008 separation, Butler said Moore offered to get her a lawyer to "sue for all his winnings." Butler said she refused, saying that she and Shakespeare had remained friends.
Butler told of a visit by Moore in which Moore had offered her a new Dodge Nitro, a house and immediate financial benefits if she would call Shakespeare's mother and tell her she had just seen him in an effort to mislead investigators who were looking into his disappearance.
She refused and reported the proposition to detectives. Other witnesses have told the jury that Moore sent letters and texts to Shakespeare's mother, pretending to be him - during a time when detectives said Shakespeare was dead and buried behind a property owned by Moore's then-boyfriend.
As the defense prepared to cross examine Butler, Moore sobbed and gestured to the judge, who removed the jury. He told Moore to compose herself.
Moore's attorney explained that his client was insisting that a video she recorded be used in testimony. The judge allowed an extended lunch hour for Moore's defense team to straighten out their strategy.
Out of the presence of the jury, prosecutors and the judge viewed the video of Butler, recorded by Moore. Only a very small section was later seen by the jury.
Moore had used her own camera make the video on Butler's porch as part of a book she was said she was writing. She asked Butler questions about Shakespeare on the video.
The trial continues Friday.
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