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Conviction in murder of lottery winner

  • Doris 'Dee Dee' Moore was convicted Monday of killing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare
  • She was sentenced to life in prison Monday
Conviction in murder of lottery winner

Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore was sentenced to life in prison Monday for the first-degree murder of multimillion dollar lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare.

Shakespeare won $31 million in the Florida lottery in 2006 and took a $17 million payout. Moore befriended him shortly after.

Moore said she was helping Shakespeare write a book about his experience winning the lottery and helping him manage his finances, but she denied being involved in his death.

Police believe Shakespeare was killed on April 6 or 7, 2009. His body was discovered in January 2010 buried under concrete near a home in Plant City, Florida, and Moore was arrested.

She didn’t take the stand to defend herself at her trial. "It's not necessary," she informed the judge, "I will not testify."

During closing arguments Friday, Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner told jurors Moore killed Shakespeare after waging "a financial blitzkrieg" on him. "She had the means, she had the opportunity, and she had the motive to kill Abraham Shakespeare, and she did."

Defense attorney Jay Hileman disagreed, saying circumstantial evidence was not enough to convict Moore. "The evidence shows zero proof of premeditation by Moore."

He suggested law enforcement focused on Moore and failed to "seriously investigate others" who also had a motive to kill the lottery winner.

The defendant struggled to hold back her emotions during closing arguments. She cried so much during her attorney's closing that the judge ordered her to compose herself. It was one of several times he reprimanded her during the trial for her demeanor in court.

The jury deliberated for three hours before reaching a unanimous verdict Monday. Moore cried again before the jury entered the courtroom, but she did not show any emotion as the verdict was read.

Shakespeare's mother, Elizabeth Walker, clutched a cross in one hand and a relative's hand in the other during the verdict and sentencing.

In addition to the life sentence for murder, Judge Emmett Battles sentenced Moore to an additional 25 years for using a gun during the commission of a felony. He described her as "cold, calculating, and cruel," and said she was the most manipulative person he had ever seen in his court.

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