The “Florida Lotto Murder” trail for Doris “DeeDee” Moore began on Wednesday, shedding light on the events surrounding the death of lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare.
Shakespeare won a $30 million jackpot and took home home $17 million in cash in 2006, but he wasn’t able to enjoy his winnings for long -- the 43-year-old victim was murdered three years later in 2009.
According to prosecutors, Moore approached Shakespeare by telling him she wanted to write a book about him. She became close to Shakespeare by allegedly saying she wanted to write a book about “how people were taking advantage of him.”
According to The Tampa Bay Times, Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner said it was Moore who swindled Shakespeare out of the money he had left before shooting him.
“The evidence will show you within 60 days of having been divested of everything he owns to DeeDee Moore, all that's left of Abraham Shakespeare is his decaying body in a grave under a concrete slab behind a house that (Moore) bought on highway 60 in Plant City, Fla.,” the prosecutor stated.
Police say they have solid evidence against Moore, the 40-year-old woman they dubbed a “con-artist,” who pocketed millions of dollars from her victim.
The deceased lotto winner was shot with Moore’s gun, according to ABC News, and she was also caught frantically buying garbage bags on security cameras.
Moore “wrote a letter to the victim's mother claiming to be the victim and to be all right” and “used the victim's cell phone and sent text messages to the victim's friends and family," according to reports cited by the Examiner.
Moore is being charged with first-degree murder and will be facing life in prison if convicted. She is pleading not guilty with her lawyers, citing that the evidence against her is circumstantial.
“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,” defense attorney Byron Hileman said.
He also argued there was no DNA to tie Moore to the case.