Florida Lotto Murder: Trial For Woman Who Killed 2009 Lottery Winner Underway [Video]
The murder trial for a woman accused of a slaying a lotto winner in 2009 is currently under way in Florida.
Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Abraham Shakespeare, a 47-year-old man who won a $30 million Florida Lotto jackpot in 2006.
According to prosecutors, Moore had approached Shakespeare — who was illiterate — in 2008 about writing a book on how people were taking advantage of him after winning the lottery.
At the time the two met, prosecutors said Abraham had already spent or given away most of his lottery winnings.
Moore eventually became his financial advisor and had control over every asset he had left, including an expensive home, the debt owed to him by “friends,” and a $1.5 million annuity
Shakespeare disappeared in April 2009. His body was found under a concrete slab, buried in the back of Moore’s home in east Hillsborough, Florida in January 2010. He had been shot to death.
Detectives said Moore identified the murder weapon — a .38 revolver — as hers.
Despite the evidence against Moore, her lawyer argued that the majority of it was circumstantial and that there is nothing tying Moore to the gun used to kill Shakespeare.
“There are no eyewitnesses who can testify that Ms. Moore shot and killed Mr. Shakespeare or was present when he was shot and killed or had any part carrying out his murder,” attorney Byron Hileman said.
According to ABC News, Dee Dee Moore’s murder trial is expected to last two weeks and prosecutors are not pursuing the death penalty. If she is convicted, she faces life in prison.