TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The fifth day of a woman’s trial in the slaying of a Florida lottery winner was delayed Friday when she reacted badly to medications and a doctor had to be called.
Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore, 40, is charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of Abraham Shakespeare, who won the $30 million lottery in 2006.
After the doctor helped Moore, jurors listened to a recording between detectives and Moore. Prosecutors also played a recorded conversation between Moore and Shakespeare’s cousin.
“I wish I never met Abraham Shakespeare. Trust me,” Moore said in the recording. “I wish I never got involved with him. This has ruined my entire life.”
Judge Emmett Battles had lost patience with Moore in court on previous days. Battles scolded Moore several times, telling her she shouldn’t gesture or nod during witness testimony and evidence.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys agree that Shakespeare had already spent the majority of his $14 million, after-tax lottery winnings by the time he met Moore in 2008. Detectives say Moore befriended Shakespeare, claiming that she was writing a book about him. Documents show that she transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars from his bank accounts to hers and she took over his home mortgage.
Shakespeare’s decomposed body was found under a concrete slab and buried in the back of Moore’s home in January of 2010. Medical examiners testified that the 43-year-old had been shot twice in the chest. Moore says she did not kill him and no one else has been charged in his death.
Moore’s lawyer said most of the evidence against his client is circumstantial and that there’s nothing tying Moore to the gun used to kill Shakespeare.
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