Dorice 'DeeDee' Moore: Suspect in lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare's murder cries during her trial

Judge scolds lottery murder suspect

TAMPA - She squirmed and she shuffled; she smirked and she grimaced.  The judge only scolded.

"It is not in your best interest, and it is not acceptable," said Circuit Judge Emmett Battles, who quickly grew tired of seeing Dorice "DeeDee" Moore putting on a side-show at her own murder trial.

"I've cautioned you throughout these proceedings that any gestures, facial expressions, audible comments showing approval or disapproval are not acceptable," Battles warned.  For the remainder of the afternoon, Moore managed to sit somewhat still, at times crying, as testimony resumed.

Moore, 40, is charged with first degree murder for the death of Abraham Shakespeare, who won a $17 million lottery jackpot in 2006.  He went missing in 2010, and his body was found under concrete on Moore's property.

For the two years before he met Moore, Shakespeare managed to squander most of his winnings.  But Polk County sheriff's deputies are convinced that Moore was able to take control of his remaining wealth, killing him in the process.

The jury watched a videotaped interview between Detective Christopher Lynn and Moore discussing her finances and how her name came to be associated with Shakespeare's assets.

Lynn was skeptical how Moore was able to convince Shakespeare to willingly give up his money in a lopsided business arrangement with her.

"For your investment of $185,000, you are receiving on paper $3.5 million," Lynn said.  "So you are spending a nickel for every dollar of debt that is owed to Abraham Shakespeare."  Records showed Moore never paid Shakespeare any such sum.

The fast-talking Moore told Lynn she could justify every financial transaction, and was only trying to help Shakespeare fix his financial troubles.

"I told you I have nothing to hide," Moore said.  "I should never have gotten into this crap."

But she began sobbing when Lynn pressed her about how her name appeared on virtually all of Shakespeare's properties and companies.  Moore couldn't explain why her name was on tax records for a house in Hillsborough county that would be connected with the murder.

"That was not a house I owned," Moore said.  

"Then why do you pay property taxes on it?" Lynn asked.

"I do not pay the property taxes on it," she said.  Then, producing a document, Lynn said "Why does the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser have you as the owner?"  Moore stared in disbelief.

Another investigator took the witness stand, and jurors listened to a compelling audio recording between the two.  Detective Dave Clark became flat out combative when he grew suspicious about the whereabouts of Shakespeare.

Moore told Clark that Shakespeare was alive and was out of town, but Clark didn't buy it, becoming angry and profane during the discussion.

"What matters now is where's Abraham?  From the outside looking in, the more (nonsense) I hear, the more I'm starting to think Abraham's {expletive} dead," Clark yelled.  "Find him!  Tell me where he's {expletive} at," Clark said.  Moore denied that Shakespeare was dead.

Shakespeare's mother also testified, and talked about her conversations with Moore.  Elizabeth Walker said she became concerned when she heard Moore talk about her son in a morbid way.

"All of a sudden she said, 'and when he dies,'" Walker said.  "So I looked over at her and said, 'What do you mean when he dies?"   

Prosecutors are trying to set up their case that Moore manipulated Shakespeare into to turning over his money, even forging his name when necessary.  Then, when Shakespeare went missing, Moore tried to misdirect police, even convincing people that he was alive using phony documents.  

Trial will continue on Friday.

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