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Post by Wrapitup on Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:20 pm

By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press Writer Tamara Lush, Associated Press Writer – Wed Jan 6, 11:05 am ET

LAKELAND, Fla. – In 2006, Abraham Shakespeare — a truck driver's assistant who lived with his mother — won $30 million in the Florida lottery. His good fortune may have cost him his life.


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Shakespeare vanished months ago. His mother hopes he is somewhere in the Caribbean, lying on a beach and enjoying the good life away from all the hangers-on who were constantly hitting him up for money.

The sheriff has a more ominous theory: Shakespeare was killed.

"There are a lot of odd and bizarre circumstances in this case," Sheriff Grady Judd said. "We fear and are preparing for the worst. We're working this case as if it were a homicide."

Shakespeare, 43, won the big jackpot after buying a lottery ticket at a convenience store in a town called Frostproof, claiming later that he gave the last $3 in his pocket to a homeless man just before the winning numbers were announced.

Shakespeare — who had a criminal record that included arrests and prison time for burglary, battery and not paying child support — took a lump-sum payment of $16.9 million instead of annual installments.

He bought a Nissan Altima, a Rolex from a pawn shop, a $1 million home in a gated community. He talked about starting a foundation for the poor and insisted the money wouldn't change him.

"I'm not a material person," he said in 2007. "I don't let material things run me. I'm on a tight budget."

The money quickly caused him problems.

A former co-worker sued him in 2007, accusing Shakespeare of stealing the winning ticket from him. Six months later, a jury ruled the ticket was Shakespeare's.

Then there were the people constantly asking him for a piece of his fortune.

"They didn't wait. They just came right after they found out he won this money," his mother, Elizabeth Walker, said recently.

She said her son was generous, paying for funerals, lending money to friends starting businesses and even giving a million dollars to a guy known only as "Big Man."

Not long after he bought the million-dollar home in early 2007, he was approached by a woman named Dee Dee Moore, said family and officials.

Moore — who could not be reached by The Associated Press — said she was interested in writing a book about Shakespeare's life. She became something of a financial adviser to Shakespeare, who never graduated high school.

Property records show that Moore's company, American Medical Professionals, bought Shakespeare's home for $655,000 last January. His mother said the last time she saw him was shortly afterward, around her birthday in February.

The sheriff said the last time anyone saw Shakespeare was in April — but it wasn't until Nov. 9 that he was reported missing, by a police informant.

And the story gets more bizarre.

According to The Ledger of Lakeland, the 37-year-old Moore contacted reporters at the newspaper in April, saying Shakespeare was "laying low" because people tried to suck money out of him.

That made sense to Shakespeare's mother — sort of. "I remember once, talking with me over the phone, he said he might go to Jamaica," she said.

On Dec. 5, a sobbing Moore told The Ledger that she helped Shakespeare disappear, but now wants him to return because detectives were searching her home and car and looking for blood on her belongings.

One reason he wanted to leave, she said, was a child support case for a child he allegedly fathered after winning the lottery. "Abraham sold me his mess to get a better life," she told the paper.

She even gave the paper a video that she said she took of Abraham. In the video, he says he is tired of people asking him for money. "They don't take no for an answer," he says.

"So where you wanna go to?" Moore asks in the video.

"It don't matter to me. I'm not a picky person," Shakespeare replies.

Moore told the paper that she took the video to "protect herself."

Moore said she filed paperwork to take over five mortgages totaling about $370,000 that had been owed to Shakespeare. She said she sold the loans at a loss to another person. She added that many of the people who borrowed from Shakespeare have refused to pay, and she feels threatened by some of them.

Moore's past includes a year of probation after she was charged with falsely reporting that she was carjacked and raped in 2001. Officials said she concocted the scheme so her insurance company would reimburse her for the SUV, which she claimed had been stolen.

The woman did not answer several calls placed to a number listed for her in public records. During a recent visit to the home she bought from Shakespeare, a security box rang to a phone number that had been disconnected.

Sheriff's officials won't comment on Moore's involvement in Shakespeare's life.

The sheriff said that Shakespeare spent the bulk of his lottery winnings. The fact that he didn't call his mother on Christmas reinforces the theory that Shakespeare is not just hiding, Judd said.

"I hope so much that he is alive somewhere," said his mother. "And I want people to know, if they ever win the lottery, I hope they know how to handle the people that come after them. They can be dangerous."

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Post by Nama on Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:53 pm

Three years after Abraham Shakespeare, 43, hit the jackpot, police are discounting his mother's optimistic theory that he is hiding away from hangers-on in the Caribbean and are instead treating his disappearance as homicide.
"There are a lot of odd and bizarre circumstances in this case," said Grady Judd, a sheriff in Polk County.

He said it was particularly suspicious that Mr Shakespeare did not even ring his mother at Christmas.
"We fear and are preparing for the worst. We're working this case as if it were a homicide."

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Post by Nama on Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:05 am

- Investigators searching for the body of a missing lottery winner from Polk County have found remains on a property off Highway 60 near Plant City.

"Its going to be a long process as far as the identification," Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said. Gee said the body had been there for some time.

The body will be removed overnight. The medical examiner will have to determine if the remains are that of Abraham Shakespeare.

The remains were found under a 30' x 30' concrete slab.

On Wednesday afternoon a large excavator began breaking up a cement slab in back of the house. According to county records, the house is owned by Shar Krasniqi. Judd has called Krasniqi the boyfriend of DeeDee Moore.

Moore befriended Shakespeare and Judd says Moore acquired nearly $2 million worth of Shakespeare's cash and assets. Shakespeare was last seen in April and Moore is considered a "person of interest" in his disappearance.

"She has a lawyer and is not cooperating at this time," Judd says of Moore.

Friends say Shakespeare used to come to a neighborhood food market nearly every day just to chat and hangout with friends. Those visits continued even after he took a lump sum payout of $17 million from the lottery.

"He didn't dress fancy. He did things out of the kindness of his heart and I think people took advantage of that," says friend Terry Denson.

Shakespeare hasn't been seen since April 2009 and while his friends long for answers, with investigators digging for a body, they dread the answer they might just get.

Thomas admits, "It doesn't seem or look good right now."

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Post by Nama on Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:10 am

When Sheriff Grady Judd named Dorice "DeeDee" Moore as a person of interest in the disappearance of Abraham Shakespeare earlier this month, he said Moore offered money to people to say they had seen the missing Florida Lottery winner.

Sentorria Butler, the mother of Shakespeare's 1-year-old son, Jeremiyah, says she was one of those people.


Butler, 25, said in a recent interview with The Ledger that Moore helped her move into a rented house Sept. 1, 2008, and get a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria. Butler said she accepted the help because she was in desperate need, but she reported Moore's plans to investigators.

Butler said Moore later offered to buy her a house so she would no longer have to rent the Southwest Lakeland home Moore helped her get.

"The last time I talked to DeeDee is when this investigation got started," Butler said, which was in November. "She had to have some kind of proof that she was doing something for Abraham."

Butler said Moore wanted her to call Shakespeare's mother, Elizabeth Walker of Lakeland, and tell her she had seen her son, but Butler said she refused and called investigators, instead.

Detectives on Thursday unearthed a body behind a Plant City house at 5802 State Road 60 E. where Judd had said Shakespeare, 43, might be buried. Judd and Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee said Thursday it will take time to identify the body.

The two-story home there houses the office of Howard Stitzel, a lawyer with connections to both Shakespeare and Moore.

Although Judd said investigators are interested in 37-year-old Moore of Lakeland, she has not been charged with anything.

Moore could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Moore told The Ledger in December that she helped Shakespeare drop out of sight because he didn't want to pay child support and he wanted to get away from people who were constantly asking for money. She said he had spent much of the $17 million he pocketed as a lump-sum payment after winning a $31 million lottery jackpot in November 2006. After meeting Shakespeare through a mutual acquaintance in December 2008, Moore said, she began working with him on a book about his experiences since winning the lottery.

At the same time Moore met Shakespeare, Butler was in a child-support dispute with the missing lottery winner.

Stitzel told The Ledger in December that Shakespeare did not show up for a hearing last summer, and Stitzel said he told the court that one of Shakespeare's "handlers" said "Shakespeare was having health problems, and he was out of the country."

After the Aug. 11, 2009, hearing, Butler said, Moore began acting as an intermediary between Butler and Shakespeare. At an Oct. 30, 2009, hearing, Orlando lawyer Reginald Hicks told the court that Moore said Shakespeare moved to Orlando but she didn't know where, exactly.

Butler said Moore would act like she was concerned about her situation, but told her Shakespeare was not interested in helping.

"As of right now, Jeremiyah has got nothing - nothing but his daddy's last name," Butler said.

Butler said Moore told her she would have to repay the rent and car money if Butler won her child-support dispute with Shakespeare.

Shakespeare was supposed to show up at a Jan. 11 hearing to provide financial records, but the only people who attended were officials with the Department of Revenue, a co-plaintiff in the case, according to court documents. Court documents showed Lakeland resident Judith Haggins has power of attorney for Shakespeare, but she was not present at the hearing.

Circuit Judge John Radabaugh has scheduled a status conference on the case for Feb. 26.

Like everyone else who knew Shakespeare, Butler heard rumors last year that he was dead, out of the country or battling health problems - possibly AIDS.

Shakespeare's mother told The Ledger last week that she heard from Moore that Shakespeare had AIDS.

Butler said Moore encouraged her to get tested, and somehow those rumors made it to her place of employment and her son's day care center. Many of Butler's friends were estranged from her during the time of the AIDS rumors. Butler said she was tested, and the results were negative.

"This has basically torn my life up," Butler said.

In addition to paying people to lie, Judd said, Moore also made phony calls from Shakespeare's cell phone to herself and others. She also sent text messages from his cell phone.

Friends and family members have previously said Shakespeare may have been taken advantage of financially because he couldn't read or write.

Butler, who said she was in a relationship with Shakespeare for more than a year, said she doesn't think Shakespeare disappeared on his own.

"He might have been illiterate, but he's not that silly," she said. "Abraham was set in his same schedule every day."

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Post by Nama on Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:18 am

A Lakeland Police officer is accused of helping a person of interest in the case of the missing Lottery millionaire, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

Sheriff's detectives on Monday arrested Troy McKay Young, accusing him of providing information to Dee Dee Moore related to the disappearance of former Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare.

Young, 42, compiled information he accessed from law enforcement data bases and sold that information to Moore, the Sheriff's Office said. Shakespeare, who won $31 million in the Florida Lottery in 2007, was reported missing in November. He has not been seen or heard from since April.

Detectives named Moore as a person of interest in the ongoing investigation Shakespeare's disappearance.

It was through a mutual acquaintance that Young met Moore in August, the Sheriff's Office said.

Moore told detectives she wanted to write a story about Shakespeare and asked Young to corroborate some of her information. She said she had paid the officer for other police-related services before.

Young told detectives he gave the woman information about vehicle owners after she gave him vehicle tag numbers, according to the Sheriff's Office. Some or all of the information is not public record and is considered confidential.

Although he was off-duty, Young was considered to have violated his public duty, the Sheriff's Office said.

Young is charged with unlawful compensation, a felony, and a misdemeanor charge of misuse of confidential information. He was booked into the Polk County Jail on $5,500 bond.

Moore remains a person of interest in the Shakespeare case.

She told The Ledger newspaper in Lakeland that she helped Shakespeare disappear at his request. She told the paper he wanted to escape from people who were constantly asking him for money.

"Dee Dee Moore is a con artist, and if she tried to sell me anything, I certainly wouldn't buy it," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has said of her. "Dee Dee Moore has cheated Abraham Shakespeare out of his money, and possibly his life."

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This is a must watch/ I can't post the video here.
The photo slideshow below is accompanied by audio of an interview of DeeDee Moore about Abraham Shakespeare


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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:53 am

This is wild!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What people will do for money!!!

And BTW, BJ..thanks for taking the ball and running with this case!! :dog:

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Post by Nama on Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:24 pm

Investigators haven't confirmed whether the human remains they found Thursday are that of Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, but the mother of his 1-year-old son is already convinced.

Tori Butler said today that she's terribly sad and shocked by what deputies unearthed in eastern Hillsborough County.

She said she always pictured Shakespeare would live "until he was 104 years old." Until the remains were found Thursday, she said, she had held out hope that the missing Shakespeare was still alive.

Officials have said that they believe the remains might belong to Shakespeare.

Authorities found and removed the remains Thursday, the third day of a dig at the property between Plant City and Brandon. Beneath a concrete slab that authorities said had been poured since Shakespeare disappeared, investigators sifted through dirt 4 inches at a time and carried bucket after bucket away to sift for clues.

Shakespeare, 43, was last seen alive in April, although he wasn't reported missing until November.

Butler said she had an on-again, off-again relationship with him and last saw him near Valentine's Day.

Her suspicions grew that something was wrong when she received text messages last year from him or someone using his number. He could read but wasn't great at it, and he wasn't the type of person who texted.

One of Shakespeare's texts was lengthy. Butler said she mentioned it to Dorice Donegan "DeeDee" Moore and that Moore told her Shakespeare was learning to read better.

On Nov. 5, their son's first birthday, Butler sent Shakespeare their son's picture. Shakespeare texted back, saying, "He's growing."

Butler said such a brief response from Shakespeare about the boy troubled her.

The remains unearthed Thursday were buried about 5 feet deep under a concrete slab that measured 30 feet by 30 feet some 100 yards behind the building at 5802 State Road 60 E. The slab looked out of place at the scene, authorities said.

It will be up to the medical examiner's office to identify the remains and determine the cause of death. Officials should be able to determine by the level of decomposition how long the remains have been buried there.

A complete examination and autopsy will be performed on the body, perhaps as soon as today, said Dick Bailey, spokesman for the medical examiner's office.

In general when unidentified bodies are found, the medical examiner's office tries to determine identity through fingerprints, body X-rays and/or dental X-rays.

Gee said investigators would remain at the scene as long as Saturday to collect evidence in the case.

No suspects have been named, but authorities are investigating Moore's dealings with Shakespeare. Authorities have said in the past that she moved some of Shakespeare's money to her accounts after April.The property being searched is owned by Moore's boyfriend, Shar Krasniqi. It houses the law office of D. Howard Stitzel.

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Post by Nama on Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:01 pm



The family of Florida lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare has probably been dreading this day since they reported him missing last November.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's office confirmed Friday that remains found a day earlier were those of Shakespeare. Police used fingerprints to identify the 43-year-old truck driver's assistant who won a $31 million lottery jackpot in 2006.

The body was found in Plant City, about 25 miles northeast of Tampa, at a home connected to Dorice Moore, a woman who had befriended him and now lives in the $1 million home he bought with his winnings.

Police have named Moore a "person of interest" in Shakespeare's disappearance but she has not been charged.

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Shakespeare, a 43-year-old truck driver, won a $31 million Florida lottery prize in 2006. A year later, he won a court challenge from a fellow trucker who accused Shakespeare of snatching the winning ticket out of his wallet while the two were delivering meat to Miami restaurants.

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Allegedly Moore and her boyfriend could now be arrested. What seems to be a thick murder plot to take Shakespeare's money away is very possible now. Officials have recovered the remains of Shakespeare from the home of Moore's boyfriend house. Next we will have to wait and see what the police will do next.

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As investigators delve into the death of a former Florida lottery winner, his former girlfriend said she could recall conversations she had with the person of interest in the case.

Sentorria Butler said she had an on-again, off-again relationship with Abraham Shakespeare, who vanished about two years after he won a $30 million lottery prize, and taking an $11 million lump sum payout.

Shakespeare’s body was found buried behind a Plant City home Thursday. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office positively identified his remains Friday through fingerprints.

Butler said greedy people wanted Shakespeare’s money at all costs, and that the woman named as a person of interest in his death always seemed to have an excuse for his disappearance.

“‘He’s on a flight to New York,’ or ‘He’s here and he’s there,’” Butler recalled. “For a while, it worked to her advantage. Everybody never really stopped to think, ‘Well, when does he come home? When does he rest his head? Or why haven’t we heard from him?’”

Butler is the mother to Shakespeare’s 1-year-old son, Jeremiah.

“You know, it’s only so long I can tell him, ‘Daddy went to heaven,’” Butler said. “‘Daddy’s up there with God,’ and it’ll be enough to answer his questions, but it’ll come a day when he says, ‘OK, well how did Daddy get up there with God?’”

For now, Butler said she is trying to remember the good times she had with her child’s father. Fond memories, she said, included a cruise and watching crime shows on television.

“He loved these shows,” Butler said.

Detectives have not yet named a suspect in Shakespeare’s death, but said they do have a person of interest.

According to sources who know the person of interest, she knew Shakespeare’s body was buried in the backyard, but has proclaimed innocence.

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Ooh, ooh that smell
can't you smell that smell?
Ooh, ooh that smell
the smell of death surrounds you

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He even had a tragic name.

Abraham Shakespeare should have been on top of the world. In 2006, he won $16.9 million in the Florida lottery.

Last week, they found his body. Buried five foot deep and under concrete.

His death wasn't a big surprise. He had been missing since April, but no one bothered to report him missing until November 9th.

Shakespeare had acquired a huge entourage, but they didn't really miss him. They just missed his money.

I hope Mr. Shakespeare is now in heaven. From the day he stood in front of the cameras at a lottery-led news conference, holding a big replica of a Florida lotto check, his life became a living hell.

Like every other lottery winner, Shakespeare said the money wouldn't change him.

Like every other lottery winner, it did.

And not for the better.

Right off the bat, one of Shakespeare's co-workers sued, claiming that Abraham had stolen the winning ticket from him. The jury ruled for Shakespeare six months later, but by then, according to the New York Daily News, "there were people constantly asking for a piece of his fortune."

Dorice Donegan "Dee Dee" Moore was a person who apparently got a good chunk of it.

Moore is considered "a person of intense interest" in the police investigation of Shakespeare's disappearance and death. Troy McKay Young, a Lakeland, Florida, police office, was arrested for unlawful compensation, on allegations that he sold confidential information, such as Shakespeare's license plate number, to Dee Dee Moore.

It seemed like everyone wanted a piece of Shakespeare.

According to published reports, Dee Dee Moore had a joint bank account with Shakespeare and acquired nearly $2 million of his money.

They found Shakespeare's body on land owned by her boyfriend.

I've written a book about what to do when you win the lottery. Shakespeare was a textbook example of doing everything backwards.

I tell lottery winners to keep it confidential. Shakespeare had a news conference and waved a big check.

I tell people to take the annual payments. Shakespeare took a lump sum.

I tell people to get professional advice. Moore, who seemed to be his adviser, apparently went to great lengths, and possibly used illegal methods, to track him down.

Professional advisers don't track down clients. Clients are referred to them by attorneys or other financial professionals.

I tell people to use their money to make a positive impact on society. Shakespeare talked about setting up a foundation to help poor people, but it never happened.

Instead, the money was wasted and frittered away.

Just like his life was wasted and frittered away.

The day that Shakespeare cashed his winning ticket, the smell of death surrounded him.

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PLANT CITY, Fla. -- Remains found under a concrete slab outside a Central Florida home have been identified as a missing Florida Lottery winner, authorities said on Friday.

The body of Abraham Shakespeare, who had last been seen in April, was uncovered on Thursday, and the remains were identified through fingerprints, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The remains were found 5 feet under a concrete slab outside the house, which is owned by the boyfriend of Dorice Moore, whom authorities have called a "person of interest."

"I can tell you (the remains have) been here for some time," Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee said on Thursday. "Somebody has obviously put him there, and we're going to get to the bottom of it. It's a complicated investigation."

Moore said she didn't know where Shakespeare was, but authorities said she transferred more than $1 million from his bank account into hers. She said the money was a gift. No charges have been filed.

Shakespeare, a 43-year-old truck driver's assistant, wasn't reported missing until November. He had won a $31 million lottery jackpot in 2006, opting for a lump sum payment of nearly $17 million.

"He was a good person. He was just used. They manipulated him because they know he didn't know any better," said Shakespeare's cousin, Cynthia Johnson.

Shakespeare had a criminal record that included arrests and prison time for burglary, battery and not paying child support. He used his winnings to buy a Nissan Altima, a Rolex from a pawn shop and a $1 million home in a gated community -- but the money quickly caused him more problems.

A former co-worker sued him in 2007, accusing Shakespeare of stealing the winning ticket from him. Six months later, a jury ruled the ticket was Shakespeare's. And his mother, Elizabeth Walker, has said others were constantly asking Shakespeare for a piece of his fortune.

Not long after he bought the million-dollar home in early 2007, he was approached by Moore, family and sheriff's officials have said. She became something of a financial adviser, and property records showed that her company bought Shakespeare's house in January 2009.

Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.

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Preliminary autopsy results could be released Monday for Abraham Shakespeare, the lottery winner whose remains were found buried behind a Plant City home last week.

Shakespeare's autopsy is complete, but his cause of death has not been released, said Dick Bailey, spokesman for the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office. Toxicology reports were not yet complete.

Bailey said any cause-of-death announcement will be made by the Sheriff's Office.

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Post by Nama on Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:18 am

For months, Dorice Donegan "Dee Dee" Moore avoided questions from the media about lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare.

Even after the Polk County Sheriff's Office said she went to great lengths to make it seem that Shakespeare was still alive after he was last seen in April 2009.

Even after Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said it appeared Shakespeare was the victim of a homicide and that investigators were interested in Moore.

Even after Shakespeare's body was found last week, buried 5 feet deep under a concrete slab, on a property Moore owned with her boyfriend.

Monday afternoon, Moore opened up.

In an exclusive interview with The Tampa Tribune, Moore talked about how she met Shakespeare and how she came to manage his money. She talked about having the concrete slab Shakespeare was found under poured in April for a boat skirt. She said it was her tip that led investigators to Shakespeare's body.

And she talked about how she anticipates being arrested. No one has been charged or named as a suspect.

Sitting at the ornate wooden table in the dinning room of the house she bought from Shakespeare last January, Moore talked for nearly two hours about the man who won $31 million in the Florida Lottery in 2006 and whose luck, investigators say, ran out last year.

"I didn't hurt Abraham in any way," she said.

She first met Shakespeare sometime in fall 2008, she said, introduced by a woman she would not name.

Moore said she wanted to write a book about Shakespeare's life. She said she has eight chapters written so far.

"I didn't hurt him," she said. "I've talked to detectives. I am not going anywhere. I am not moving my stuff out of the house. I am not running."

When the two met, Shakespeare had run through $11 million, Moore said.

"He had nothing left but $1 million and assets. I helped him with his finances."
Polk County records show Shakespeare bought the two-story, 6,500-square-foot home for more than $1 million in January 2007 and sold it to American Medical Professionals - a company owned by Moore and her boyfriend - in January 2009 for $655,000.

Judd has said Moore moved nearly $2 million of Shakespeare's assets into her own accounts. Moore denied any wrongdoing.

"Everything I did as far as (Shakespeare's) money was done before Abraham went missing and done with his full acknowledgement and consent."

The money, Moore said, had become a burden to Shakespeare.

"He enjoyed being around people, but having all this attention with people wanting to borrow money from him was too much," she said. "The lottery was more like a curse than a blessing. And now it is the same way in my life, because of what is happening to me now."

Moore said the last time she saw Shakespeare was in April. She would not offer specifics about when or where, "because that is part of the investigation," she said.

Because of the accusations - that she sent text messages to Shakespeare's friends and family pretending it was him, paid a Shakespeare cousin $5,000 to deliver a cash-filled birthday card to Shakespeare's mother and offered to give a $200,000 house to someone if they made a false report to investigators that Shakespeare was still alive - and because Shakespeare was found buried on her property, she anticipates being arrested.

"No, I am not worried," she said. "I am innocent."

When asked about the allegations, Moore offered a measured response.

"There are always two sides to every story," she said.

Moore said she talked to investigators as recently as Saturday. She said she told investigators, "I would never take another human's life. No amount of money in the world is worth that."

Sheriff's officials in Polk and Hillsborough counties declined to comment.

Shakespeare, she said, "had enemies." She said she shared that information with investigators. There were at least two killers, she said, and at least one of them knew Shakespeare. She would not offer any details beyond that.

After Shakespeare was killed, his body was buried on the property at 5802 State Road 60 E. just outside of Plant City. The hole was covered with concrete, which investigators excavated last week.

Moore said that in April, she hired a company to pour concrete on the property. It was the slab under which Shakespeare was eventually found. She said it was for a skirt for a boat and a camper.

She said it was her tip that ultimately led investigators to Shakespeare's body.

Standing in front of in-progress work of art she calls "Peace," Moore talked about how given everything that has transpired, it is unlikely she will ever find any herself.

"I just want justice brought," she said. "God above sees all. That is the person who has done this has to answer to."

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Post by Nama on Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:25 pm

A judge has set bond for the woman charged for the death of a Polk County millionaire at $1 million.

Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore made her first appearance in court Wednesday. Previously a person of interest in the case of Abraham Shakespeare’s death, Moore became a suspect Tuesday, when she was arrested.

Moore has been charged with being an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, and more charges could follow.

She would need $100,000 in bail funds to be released from the Hillsborough County Jail.

In her first televised interview Tuesday, Moore told News 13 she did not kill Shakespeare.

“Let the courts be the judge of that,” she said. “Let the investigators do their jobs, and they’ll bring justice to the right person.”

In an earlier interview with the Ledger, Moore had said she knew who killed Shakespeare. However, her new attorney said she can no longer comment on specifics of the case. She refused to comment on her earlier statement.

“I would be glad to talk to all of you, tell you the complete story, but my lawyer says I cannot comment on anything,” she said.

Shakespeare was last seen alive in April 2009, about two years after he won $30 million in the Florida Lottery. His family reported him missing in November.

His remains were found Jan. 28 beneath a slab of concrete behind a Plant City house owned by Moore’s boyfriend. Investigators said the cause of death was homicidal violence.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has executed a search warrant at the home.

Moore had been considered a person of interest in the case for several weeks. News 13 declined to identify her until she was officially named a suspect, because she had not been charged with a crime.

“They’re saying that I took a gun, put it up and killed another human being, and I would never, ever, ever do that,” Moore said.

Lakeland police Officer Troy Young was arrested in January after investigators said he gave information from a law enforcement database to Moore in exchange for money and a plane ticket.

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Offender ID: 10005354
Offender Name: DORICE DONEGAN MOORE
Date of Birth: 07/25/1972
Age: 37
Custody Status: In Custody
Location of Offender: HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY JAIL
Race: White
Gender: Female

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Post by Nama on Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:50 pm

Deputies believe she knows who killed Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare.

But when Dorice "DeeDee" Moore stood before a judge Wednesday morning wearing jailhouse orange, a prosecutor said she's pointed the finger at many people — including herself.

"Has she been cooperative?" Hillsborough Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich asked prosecutors.

Only if cooperative means giving a variety of explanations for Shakespeare's death, Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner responded.

At various times Moore has blamed an attorney, her 14-year-old son, a drug dealer and one of Shakespeare's relatives, Pruner said.

She even claimed that she did it in self-defense, he said.


Moore, 37, was booked into the Orient Road Jail late Tuesday on a charge of accessory to murder in the 42-year-old millionaire's death.

Heinrich set bail for the Lakeland woman at $1 million. That means she will have to come up with $100,000 to secure bond and walk out of jail.

She must surrender her passport and any airline tickets and is banned from leaving Polk or Hillsborough counties. Heinrich also imposed a Nebbia requirement, which means Moore must disclose the source of the bond payment and demonstrate that it was not acquired illegally.

Her parents, Linda and Patrick Donegan, said Wednesday night that the money won't be coming from them. "None of our family has any money to bail her out," the mother said.

The Donegans said they feel bad for Shakespeare's family.

"If she's responsible for it, she's going to answer to the man upstairs," Moore's father said.

A spokesman for Shakespeare's family said news of the bail came as a shock to those who cared about him, those who believe the possibility of her release is a threat to the community.

"This lady is a very dangerous individual," the Rev. H.B. Holmes said.

Shakespeare's mother, Elizabeth Walker, is planning a Thursday morning news conference to talk about the developments.

Moore's attorney, John Liguori of Bartow, did not return calls Wednesday for comment. During the hearing, another attorney spoke on her behalf, stating that Moore has been cooperative.

Deputies say Moore befriended Shakespeare after he won a $30 million jackpot and accepted a $16.9 million lump sum payment in 2006. She told Shakespeare she was a journalist thinking of writing a book about him.

He was last seen in April but wasn't reported missing until November.

Now Polk authorities and Hills borough County Sheriff David Gee say he was killed on April 6 or 7 at a home in east Hillsborough County. They say Moore moved into his $1 million house and staged his disappearance. Authorities say she paid someone to dig a hole to bury Shakespeare's body, and that she purchased bags of lime to cover it

They say Moore used Shakespeare's cell phone to text friends and family to tell them he was okay — and even got someone to call the victim's mother at Christmas.

Finally, deputies charge, Moore tried to find a prison-bound convict who might, for $50,000, claim to have killed Shakespeare. They say she gave a witness the alleged murder weapon, a .38-caliber revolver, and arranged for the body to be exhumed and moved.

Holmes said the disappointment of Moore's bail was increased by the fact that deputies believe she has her hands on what remains of his dwindling fortune — including his $1 million house.

"That doesn't make the family very happy at all," he said.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, the family plans to bury Shakespeare.

Amid this unraveling scandal, Holmes said, he hopes people will remember all the good Shakespeare did for those around him. He used his winnings to help people climb out of debt, get new cars and stave off foreclosure.

"Our goal on Saturday," Holmes said, "is to celebrate the legacy of this great man and what he's done for a lot of people in this community."

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Post by Nama on Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:30 pm

For Abraham Lee Shakespeare, who could barely read or write but knew his way around the Bible, Nov. 15, 2006, was just another Wednesday.

Until he pulled into the Town Star convenience store in Frostproof.

Shakespeare and co-worker Michael Ford were taking a break from delivering supplies to Arby's and Checkers. Ford went into the store and bought, among other things, two Florida Lottery tickets at Shakespeare's request.

One ticket spit out six numbers — 6, 12, 13, 34, 42 and 52. It was every lottery player's dream: The big one, an estimated $30 million jackpot.

Less than three years later, Shakespeare was dead, the victim of "homicidal violence," according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. He had already gone through most of the nearly $13 million he received in a lump-sum payment after taxes.

According to relatives, Shakespeare was miserable early on from his newfound fortune.

Even before Shakespeare could pick up his winnings, the lottery ticket became a curse, says his cousin, Cedric Edom.

Word quickly filtered throughout Shakespeare's Lakeland neighborhood that the tall, thin man in the little wooden home on Pear Street had come into a tremendous fortune.

Instantly, says Edom, people began approaching Shakespeare, asking for money.

Edom says he found out his cousin was a wealthy man when a local businessman came over to his house and told him he no longer needed to worry about money, because Shakespeare had won a bundle.

Then the man said something troubling.

Shakespeare was bringing people with him to Tallahassee to pick up his winnings.

'Being pressured'

The next day, Edom says, he found out Shakespeare was bringing along a man from the neighborhood and the man's children. By the time Shakespeare got back, he had agreed to give the man $1 million for himself and another $1 million for the children, Edom said.

Shakespeare was driving back from Tallahassee when he called, says Edom.

He said from Shakespeare's voice, he knew that just hours into being a multimillionaire, his cousin was miserable.

"You could tell he was being pressured," says Edom. "You could tell he was uncomfortable."

Edom says there seemed to be no end to people who wanted to latch onto Shakespeare for his money.

"Shakespeare and Associates," Edom calls them.

Investigators say one of those people — Dorice Donegan "Dee Dee" Moore — helped cover up his killing.

Moore is now sitting in a cell at the Orient Road Jail, charged with being an accessory after the fact of a first-degree murder. She is being held on $1 million bail.

At her bond hearing Wednesday, prosecutors said that Moore made many statements about Shakespeare's death, blaming it on her 14-year-old son, an unnamed lawyer, an unnamed cousin of Shakespeare and also on herself, saying she killed him in self-defense.

Deputies in Hillsborough and Polk counties are now trying to unravel how Abraham Shakespeare managed to run through more than $11 million in less than three years and how he wound up buried on a property owned by Moore and her boyfriend in Turkey Creek, under 5 feet of dirt and about 4 inches of concrete.

A man of much trust

As people glommed on to Shakespeare, he had troubles on other fronts.

Michael Ford, who purchased the winning ticket, sued him in April 2007, claiming it was his.

The suit was decided in Shakespeare's favor that October, but that wasn't the end of his troubles.

Financial advisers and real estate agents latched on, says Edom.

Shakespeare was giving out loans he was never able to collect on, says Edom. He was giving away cars and trucks.

"He trusted people," Edom says. "They knew he couldn't read or write, but he trusted them to do the right thing. But they never did the right thing."

Shakespeare even bought Edom a house, at 1418 W. Lake Parker in Lakeland, which he purchased in June 2008 for $103,000, according to Polk County records.

Then Dee Dee Moore entered the picture.

In an interview in her home Monday, Moore said she first met Shakespeare toward the end of 2008. She said she wanted to write a book about his life and that by the time she met him, he had run through almost all of his money.

Polk County records show Shakespeare bought a two-story, 6,500-square-foot home for more than $1 million in January 2007 and sold it to American Medical Professionals — a company owned by Moore and her boyfriend — in January 2009 for $655,000. Around the same time, AMP purchased Edom's home for $102,000.

The millionaire disappears

Cedric Edom says he remembers the last time he saw his cousin: April 3, 2009.

Shakespeare and Moore arrived at Edom's house with a burgundy Cadillac that Shakespeare wanted to give to Edom. Edom said it was too old and besides, he didn't want Shakespeare to give the man he was buying the car from any more money.

Moore, says Edom, agreed and said they would buy a newer car at an auction. Then they left. The next day, Edom says, he talked to Shakespeare again by phone about the car. It was the last conversation they would ever have.

Sometime around May, he says, he started to worry. He put fliers up at black churches in Lakeland but no one knew where Shakespeare was, says Edom.

He continued putting fliers up. And talking with Elizabeth Walker, trying to keep her spirits up, trying to help her hold on to the dream that maybe her son Abraham Shakespeare was still alive.

Near the end of September, Edom says, Moore approached him with an offer.

She knew he needed money. He and his wife had been arrested for driving with suspended licenses and his son was about to go off to college.

So for $5,000, he agreed to give Shakespeare's mother a birthday card, purporting to be from Shakespeare, he said.

Edom says he did nothing wrong. He took the money and delivered the card, but never said it was from Shakespeare.

In November, he called the Polk County Sheriff's Office and reported Shakespeare missing.

The mystery ends

There is a good reason why Edom couldn't find his cousin, according to investigators.

Shakespeare was killed sometime between April 6 and April 7, at 5732 State Road 60 just outside of Plant City, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Edom says Moore eventually told him what happened.

Shakespeare was set up for a robbery inside the house. He pulled his gun out, but there were no bullets. Then he was shot twice.

Tuesday night, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee released the arrest affidavit for Moore.

It offers a chilling account of what investigators say Moore did to help cover up Shakespeare's slaying.

By November 2009, investigators were already well aware of the slab and the likelihood that Shakespeare was under it, according to Richard Land and Bernard Thomas, two men who say they spoke to investigators.

According to the affidavit:

By late December, Moore began covering her tracks.

Between Dec. 28 and Jan. 21, Moore approached a source asking if he knew anyone awaiting sentencing to prison who would admit killing Shakespeare in return for $50,000.

For the money, that person would have to dig up Shakespeare's body and move it to another location.

On Jan. 25, Moore met with the source and gave him a Smith & Wesson .38 she said was the weapon used in the slaying. Then she showed the source the concrete slab at 5802 S.R. 60, placing a steel bar to mark the spot where he should remove the body. She said she would leave a white Ford F-150, with an enclosed trailer. Inside the trailer, there was a galvanized steel trough, bleach, gloves and plastic sheeting.

Moore later told deputies she bought a bag of lime to place over Shakespeare's body when it was buried.

Three days later, deputies recovered Shakespeare's remains from under the slab.

Investigators and prosecutors say that in the coming weeks, they expect more arrests.

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Post by Marica on Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:41 pm

Heart breaking. The smell of money brings out the ugly in people. Mr. Shakespeare looked like a kind man. Why would someone kill him. My his murderer rot in hell.
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Post by Wrapitup on Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:34 pm

I have a friend of mine in Florida whose husband won the lottery. He waited until Christmas Day to tell his family. He did NOT give up his job and said it would not change their lives. My friend (his wife) told me they made the mistake of going on tv about their winnings and people were knocking on their door night and day. She said she was scared for her family.

I have since lost contact with her as this was about 10 years ago, but she had said they were thinking of moving away from Florida permanently. I cannot blame her.

Bottom line: If any of us win the lottery, don't tell anyone!!!! Dollar Signs

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Post by Marica on Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:05 am

Excellent advice! I was told by uncle years ago, if you have the winning ticket, seek an investment attorney first. allow the attorney to work out the details of collection. That way things can be set up to insure your safety, and winnings can be funneled into ones account from the law firm as needed. I trusted what he told me, and later worked for an elderly woman who was very wealthy. So wealthy, her ESTIMATED quarterly income tax, was $16,000.00! That was based on interest she earned! Yeeee GADS.. I have no clue what her attorney's earned for managing her money, but they had to be really good at what they did for her to have enough in pile A to generate $$$ into pile B to pay $64,000.00 in income taxes.. Yep.. winning numbers come up.. FIND A lawyer FAST!!!
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Post by Nama on Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:00 pm

Investigators are searching the home of Dee Dee Moore, looking for financial records in connection with the murder of Abraham Shakespeare.

They are at 9340 Redhawk Bend Drive in Lakeland.

Moore was arrested and charged with being an accessory to first-degree murder.

Accroding to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, detectives from Polk and Hillsborough got a search warrant to look for financial records and other paperwork related to the case. They are expected to take computers and paperwork from the home to compare those records to court-filed documents.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has said he believes Moore improperly transferred money from Shakespeare's accounts to her own.

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Post by Nama on Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:45 am

She said she was carjacked, kidnapped and sexually assaulted at gunpoint. She described her abductors in detail, down to one man's green tattoos. She underwent a rape exam.

Two months later, detectives said that Dorice "DeeDee" Moore made up the whole thing.

Moore, 37, is in the news now because Hillsborough and Polk County authorities say she went to great lengths to cover up the killing of Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare and convince his family that he was still alive.

But this isn't the first time law enforcement has accused the Plant City native of staging an elaborate scheme.

Investigative files reviewed Tuesday by the St. Petersburg Times show that detectives quickly quashed the rape and kidnapping allegations Moore made in June 2001. As her story unraveled, they found they were dealing with a woman who was the subject of an internal fraud investigation at work, who owed thousands of dollars to her credit union and landlord, and who said she would do anything to keep her fancy car.

Moore had purchased the $50,796 black 2000 Lincoln Navigator the year before. On financing documents, she reported pulling in $10,000 a month from her job as a Nextel regional saleswoman and about $30,000 a year selling Mary Kay products.

She traded in a '98 Ford Explorer, put down $5,000 cash and took out a $45,000 loan to get the new vehicle.

Pretty soon, she fell behind on car payments.

The first time it happened, Moore told a GTE Federal Credit Union loan officer that her money had been stolen. She never provided a police report case number, according to Hills borough sheriff's investigative records, but avoided repossession by making a payment in January 2001.

The credit union came calling again in June. This time, Moore had a negative balance in a business checking account and overdue payments on the car and a personal credit card. She owed nearly $6,500, investigative records show.

The loan officer told Moore so during a phone conversation on June 14, 2001.

"You're not taking my car," Moore said, according to the loan officer. "I'll do anything I have to to keep it."

Six days later, Moore filed what Hillsborough sheriff's detectives later determined to be a false crime report. She ultimately pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to a year of probation.

But not before she concocted a story rich with detail. Moore claimed two Mexican men kidnapped her from the post office in Sydney where she had gone to mail something related to her work selling prepaid phones. They bound her wrists and ankles with tape. They said they had been sent to burn her alive in her car, but they wanted to keep it. She said they raped her, stole her jewelry and dumped her in the ditch where passers-by found her.

"The one in back finally made the decision not to kill me but said he better never see me again and to dye my hair blond," Moore wrote in a statement in the early hours of June 21, 2001.

She went to the hospital and the rape crisis center. Detectives took her pink sweater, blue jeans, bra, underwear and fingernail scrapings into evidence.

They would soon learn from a Nextel representative that Moore had been banned from selling the phone company's products due to an internal fraud investigation.

And on June 26, a Pasco County man called to say the Lincoln Navigator was parked in a garage on his property. Michael Anthony Davis said he had been promised $500 to store the vehicle, which he had been told was possibly being repossessed and might be involved in an insurance scam.

A news story about a woman with the same type of vehicle getting kidnapped and raped made him suspicious. He directed authorities to the man who dropped off the Navigator.

That man, Steve Rodela, and others said Moore sought to frame someone whom she claimed had been threatening to kill her. On June 13, 2001, Moore had filed a report alleging that an employee she recently fired set a Nextel contract ablaze on her property. The men said Moore now wanted to create an incident that could be blamed on the ex-employee.

At her request, Rodela said, he hid the truck. Another man, Clemente Bonilla, said he drove Moore to the spot where she was discovered after the alleged attack.

He said Moore taped her own wrists and threw herself from his white Blazer.

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40-year-old Greg Smith worked with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for months as a confidential informant to carefully gain the trust of 37-year-old Dee Dee Moore. Ultimately, Smith was able to help detectives crack the case and, now, Moore is locked up, charged in connection with the murder of Abraham Shakespeare, a Lakeland lottery winner.

Smith admits he has been in trouble with the law in the past, but this time he agreed to work closely with detectives, spending three months hanging out with Moore until she opened to him and, according to court documents, led him straight to Shakespeare's body.

Smith says, "The first time that I ever saw Dee Dee Moore, it was through Abraham right here at this shop. He brought Dee Dee Moore around and said, 'Greg, this is the lady that's going to be helping me with a few of the things that I'm dealing with as far as my financial situation.'"

He says it was a brief encounter because he was busy working at a Lakeland barber shop and he didn't think much of it. He says Shakespeare would stop by about two or three times a week. Even after he won the 30 million dollar jackpot in 2006, he'd still pick up a broom and help clean up. Smith says, "He'd just get to sweeping and he'd sweep and joke around."

Smith says he didn't talk to Shakespeare much about the money he won. They were just good friends. But he does remember the first time Shakespeare invited him over to his new house on Red Hawk Bend Drive in a small gated community. "I walked in and I was like, 'Oh, my God, this is what money will do for you.'"

10 Connects has obtained photographs from inside the 4,646 square foot home that features four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Smith adds, "Pool. Pool table. Huge. The biggest flat screen on the wall that I've ever seen, you know, he had the best furniture. I mean it was nice."

The million dollar home is isolated, too. There's a vacant lot on one side of the home and behind it is a pasture with cows grazing on grass.

But something went wrong. Shakespeare went missing for nine months. No one seemed to know where he was. His family reported him missing in November and Dee Dee Moore eventually moved into his house. Detectives now believe that he was murdered on April 6th or 7th.

Three months ago, Smith says he agreed to help the Polk County Sheriff's Office. His job was to get close to Dee Dee Moore. He says she was a manipulator. "No, I didn't bury Shakespeare. No, I didn't kill him. What I did was find him."

Smith says he's glad he could help detectives crack the case, but sad he'll never see his friend Shakespeare again. "It hurts on the inside to know that he had to get rich to die."

There's a lot that Smith isn't allowed to talk about but court documents fill in most of the blanks, explaining that Dee Dee Moore asked him and another unnamed person to dig up and move Shakespeare's body from under a concrete slab where it was buried at 5802 Hwy. 60 in Plant City. They were instructed to bury the body somewhere else.

Court documents show Moore also wanted Smith to find someone already awaiting sentencing to go to prison who would be willing to take the rap for Shakespeare's death for $50,000.

But on Jan. 28 members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office recovered Shakespeare's remains. His funeral was held last Saturday.

Dee Dee Moore meanwhile remains in jail. She's charged with accessory after the fact to first degree murder. Smith says she has been informed that he worked with the detectives in the case against her.

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She grew up in the backwoods of the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, dreaming of things much finer than her parents' clunky cars and modest wood-frame house.

Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore liked nice clothes. She liked making money. So she worked hard to get luxuries she coveted, family members say.

But the bills mounted as she pursued a lavish lifestyle. When her $50,000 Lincoln Navigator was being repossessed in 2001, she stashed the car in Pasco County and told investigators three men carjacked her, raped her and left her in a ditch.

Earlier this month, Moore, 37, was arrested and accused of a more sinister crime: covering up the slaying of lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare after funneling more than $2 million of Shakespeare's cash and assets into her own accounts, according to investigators.

Friends and family say they don't know what happened to the girl and woman they knew. But there were clues.

Embarrassed by lack of money

Moore was born Dorice Donegan on July 25, 1972, at St. Joseph's Hospital. Her mother, Linda Donegan, said Moore was a gleeful child who became a Brownie, a Girl Scout and a cheerleader at her elementary school. At the time, the family lived on Happy Acres Lane in Riverview.

Moore also joined the Missionettes, a group of girls who held Bible studies, and attended church on Wednesdays and Sundays, Donegan said.

The Donegans moved to their rural home on Turkey Creek Road when Moore was 7. After she enrolled at Plant City High School, Moore became more aware of her humble upbringing, her mother said.

"When we would drop her off at her friends' houses, she would make us park a block away," Donegan said, smiling at the memory. "She was embarrassed by our cars. We didn't have much money."

Donegan, a certified nursing assistant, said her daughter was in high school when Moore followed in her footsteps. Moore received her certification as a nursing assistant on Aug. 12, 1991, records show. Her certification is still active.

As a nursing assistant, Moore was generous, giving people money and buying them food. She also lavished attention on developmentally disabled clients.

"She was so good to those people," her mother said.

Around this time, Donegan said, her daughter started dating James Moore, who lived a few miles away on South Forbes Road. The two married on May 1, 1992, in Plant City. The couple divorced last June.

Donegan won't say much about James Moore, only that once her daughter married him, the family didn't see much of her.

James Moore could not be reached for comment. His mother, Frances Moore, said the family is still in shock over Dee Dee Moore's arrest.

"She was in our family for 16 years," Frances Moore said. "Our family is upside down. It is mind-boggling."

Plotting to save her SUV

Dee Dee Moore first became acquainted with jails and the court system 11 years ago.

In 1999, she was arrested in Polk County for shoplifting; adjudication was withheld in the case.

In 2001, Moore was arrested for writing a worthless check to the Hillsborough County Tax Collector's Office for $418.60. She was sentenced to 12 months probation, paid $498.60 in restitution and $100 in court costs, records show.

In June of that year her crimes grew more elaborate. So did her lies.

Moore told investigators she was carjacked on June 20, 2001, by three men outside of an eastern Hillsborough post office, court records show. She told detectives the men forced her at gunpoint into her black Lincoln Navigator, kidnapped her, and bound her with electrical tape.

Moore told detectives the men raped her and left her in a ditch near Ft. Lonesome, about 20 miles south of Plant City.

She staged the entire incident, Hillsborough sheriff's detectives said, because her luxury sport utility vehicle was getting repossessed.

"You're not taking my car," Moore told a credit union representative six days before the fake carjacking. "I'll do anything I have to to keep it."

At the time, Moore owed about $6,500 in credit card debts and car payments, along with $9,800 on the lease of a house she was renting in Dover, records show. She had a business selling prepaid Nextel cell phones but was the subject of a company fraud investigation.

As Moore spoke to investigators, she gave vivid accounts of how she was carjacked and the description of her attackers, down to their clean-cut faces and blue-green tattoos.

When detectives pushed her about the rape, Moore said, "If I describe that I'm gonna start crying and throwing up again," according to an audio interview with investigators.

But she talked about it anyway.

"So anyways, they had ... uh ... ummmm ... sex with me," Moore said. "And it hurt."

Moore submitted to a rape exam. Results of a lie-detector test were inconclusive.

Within days, Moore's story unraveled. She was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to perform community service, and pay restitution and court costs.

A financial adviser

In 2004, Moore created American Medical Professionals, a nursing staffing agency. Her mother said she was making good money, at one point earning about $200,000 before meeting Shakespeare.

Moore became a part of Shakespeare's life in 2007, when she told him she wanted to write a book about him, investigators said. She eventually became something of a financial adviser to Shakespeare, who won an estimated $30 million Florida Lottery jackpot in late 2006.

Shakespeare, 43, was killed between April 6 and 7. Before his family reported him missing in November, Moore lied about Shakespeare's whereabouts for eight months, investigators said.

Moore spent a lot of time with Shakespeare's mother, Elizabeth Walker, after Shakespeare went missing, taking her out to restaurants and theme parks, Donegan said.

"It makes me sick," Donegan said. "She took that woman around knowing her son was dead. Maybe Dee Dee felt guilty."

Killers threatened son, she says

Shakespeare's body was found last month under 5 feet of dirt and 4 inches of concrete at 5802 State Road 60 near Plant City, on property owned by Moore and her boyfriend. He had been missing since April.

Donegan said her family is devastated. Moore's 15-year-old son, R.J., is reeling over his mother's arrest, Donegan said.

Donegan recently took R.J. to Orient Road Jail, where Moore is being held on $1 million bail after she was booked Feb. 2 on a charge of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

During the visit, Moore told her son and mother that she didn't kill Shakespeare, Donegan said. Moore said she covered up the slaying because the real killers are threatening her son. Moore told her mother that if law enforcement agrees to protect R.J., she will tell investigators who killed Shakespeare.

"That's what she told me," Donegan said. "I don't know what to believe."

Standing on the lawn of her modest house on Turkey Creek Road - the same house that Moore would become embarrassed about as a teen - Donegan wondered how her daughter got into this mess.

"I don't know what happened to Dee Dee," Donegan said. "She was a wonderful child."

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This poor man. All he did was win the damned lottery and his life was taken from him. head bang :mad:

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Post by Marica on Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:20 pm

Another young woman who wanted the "GOOD LIFE", and killed to get it. The Mother of this woman says the girl wanted better for herself.. ashamed of her origins. I grew up poor. Still am. I take great pride in my 89 Suburban, see newer ones on the road and am happy for those who have better. The shame has to be a brain glitch. Apparently the parents didn't raise her to be this way, although I could fault them a little for compliance with dropping her off a block away so he friends wouldn't see the clunker she arrived in. If my kids were ashamed, then they were told walk. I won't take you part way... if this thing is good enough to ride part way in, then it is good enough to go all the way. Two sons have done quite well and have nice vehicles. One son drives clunkers with pride. Neither of the other two are bothered a bit to climb in a clunker with someone else.
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Post by Nama on Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:57 pm

For Debbie Munguia, living in one of the nation's most infamous crime scenes is bad enough.

Trying to make a go of a business there is impossible.

That's why the U-Haul was parked in the driveway Friday, and why she and her family and friends were packing and loading boxes onto the truck.

Standing in the garage of the brick house at 5732 S.R. 60 near Plant City, Munguia stopped what she was doing and took a deep drag off her cigarette.

"I can't wait to get out of here," she said.

Sometime between April 6 and 7, 2009, investigators say, Florida Lottery millionaire Abraham Lee Shakespeare was killed in this house.

On Jan. 11, having no clue about the ongoing investigation, Munguia and her family moved in from their place in Bonifay. A month before, Dee Dee Moore turned over American Medical Professionals – which provided group homes and senior care facilities with nurses and nursing assistants - to Munguia, who said she had run the day-to-day operations since 2008. The business was run out of the house on S.R. 60.

Munguia said she beseeched Moore for several years to give her the business. When she finally did, she wanted to move in to the brick house so she could be closer to it, Munguia said.

Exactly two weeks after moving in, though, Munguia was told to move out temporarily.

Investigators had to dig up the cement slab Dee Dee Moore had laid under a canopy of trees behind the adjacent property and needed to search the brick house and the bigger house next door at 5802 S.R. 60.

They had to find Shakespeare's body and figured out who killed him.

"I moved into a nightmare," Munguia said.

Until the end of January, business had been good, she said. But then Shakespeare's body was found and Moore was arrested. The business was mentioned in news articles and television broadcasts around the country.

The business suffered beyond a loss of clients, Munguia said. After the news broke, and TV trucks began camping out on the road just off the property, she began losing nurses.

"Who wants to work at a murder scene?" she asked rhetorically.

There are few remnants of the crime. Munguia said she there are no obvious indicators of where Shakespeare was killed. The most visible sign that something untoward happened here is out back, where the cement slab that covered Shakespeare is chopped into chunks and piled nearby.

The hole is now covered over and all that remains are the tire marks of the heavy equipment that dug him up, then filled in the hole.

No matter. Munguia wants out.

But there are complications to the move.

On Friday, a friend of Moore's - who would not give her name - was overseeing things because some of the items inside were purchased by Moore before she met Shakespeare, said Moore's mother, Linda Donegan.

Some belong to Moore's son, Robert James Moore, other items were purchased after Moore met Shakespeare. Same for the house at 5802 S.R. 60.

Donegan said the family is trying to sort everything out.

Anything purchased after her daughter met Shakespeare will be turned over to Shakespeare's family, Donegan said.

That includes the new carpets, a stainless steel refrigerator, new windows, new wiring and many other improvements, about $70,000 worth in all at the house 5802 S.R. 60, said Donegan. "I am making a list of all the things Dee Dee bought since she met Abraham,'' Donegan said. "It will all go to his family."



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Post by Nama on Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:08 am

A woman connected to the murder of Polk County Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare purchased a 2008 black Corvette with his money, the Lakeland Ledger is reporting today.

Dorice "DeeDee" Moore has charged with being an accessory-after-the-fact of first-degree murder.

The Lakeland Ledger is reporting that her boyfriend, Shar Krasniqi, 26, gave the Corvette to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on Friday.

The Lotto winner's remains were found Jan. 28 under a concrete slab in Plant City, which is in Hillsborough County.

Authorities are not disclosing what Krasniqi may have said to officials during his interview Friday.

The Ledger is reporting that Krasniqi sent the newspaper an e-mail Monday that says he was "shocked and sickened to learn about the untimely death of Abraham Shakespeare.''

He said he has been cooperating with authorities and alerted them to the property that was obtained fraudulently.

"I have asked law enforcement about returning other items and at this point I am waiting on them to let me know when and what steps to take to giving back the personal property related to the investigation," he said in the email, according to The Ledger.

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Post by Nama on Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:04 am

Dorice Donegan "DeeDee" Moore said she offered to help Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare with his finances out of "the goodness of her heart."

But the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office charged Moore with first-degree murder Friday night, outlining in her arrest report a trail of deceit and manipulation aimed at putting his winnings in her pocket.

The probable cause document used to support the murder charge said Moore has provided several accounts of how Shakespeare was killed in April. In every account, though, she admitted being present, the report said.

And she identified a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver that belonged to her as the weapon used to kill Shakespeare with two gunshot wounds to the chest.

"There is no credible evidence linking anyone other than DeeDee Moore to the homicide of Abraham Shakespeare," it said.

Moore had previously been charged as an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee announced the additional charge Friday night and said the investigation was continuing.

The probable cause affidavit raises questions about the role of a Plant City lawyer who facilitated the transfer of properties from Shakespeare to Moore's medical staffing company last year.

D. Howard Stitzel III has not been charged in connection with the case. He told detectives that he spoke to Shakespeare, whom he also represented in a child support matter, on Moore's phone on Oct. 6.

But Moore told authorities that she and Stitzel never actually spoke to Shakespeare and that she asked Stitzel to say they had a conversation, and he agreed to lie to authorities to help her.

In a controlled phone call to the lawyer's cell phone, Moore told him she was worried that law enforcement would find out that she and Stitzel had not spoken to Shakespeare on that date and wanted to confirm what he had told them.

Stitzel told Moore she needed to stop talking to authorities, the report shows.

He made no admission that he had lied to detectives, but they said it was apparent he knew Moore had Shakespeare's cell phone in October, and he had not talked to the victim.

Shakespeare's body was found under a slab of concrete in Plant City last month. Stitzel ran his law office from a home on the same property, which is owned by Moore's boyfriend, Shar Krasniqi.

Relatives reported Shakespeare missing in November, but no one had seen him since April. Investigators say he was killed on April 6 or 7, and that by that month, Moore "was in virtually complete control'' of his money .

The 42-year-old Polk County man collected about $12.7 million after taxes when he won the Florida lottery in 2006.

By the time Moore appeared in his life in 2008 saying she wanted to write a book about him, he had given away or loaned the majority of his winnings. Shakespeare still had about $1.5 million in cash and assets of about $3 million.

According to the arrest affidavit, Moore went after the money.

In December 2008, Shakespeare liquidated an annuities account worth about $250,000. The following month, that money was transferred to Moore's medical staffing business, American Medical Professionals.

Detectives tracked the money to several recipients, including Moore's boyfriend, the report shows.

Money and assets continued to flow from Shakespeare to Moore. On Jan. 9, 2009, Shakespeare signed a quit claim deed transferring his nearly $1.1 million Polk County home to Moore's company.

Moore initially told detectives she paid Shakespeare $500,000 in cash for the home. But she changed her story twice last month, first saying she didn't pay him because she worried he would use the money to buy drugs. Four days later, she said she didn't pay him because he did not want to pay the gift tax owed, according to the report.

A $1 million annuities account in Shakespeare's name was cashed out in early February 2009 and deposited into a Bank of America account opened by Moore in the name of Abraham Shakespeare LLC. Moore maneuvered to get Shakespeare taken off the account, which meant he no longer had access to the $1 million.

By the end of that February, the account had a balance of about $44,000.

Authorities say $350,000 of Shakespeare's money was used to buy the property where his body eventually would be buried. Moore also bought multiple fancy cars, including a $70,000 Chevrolet Corvette for her boyfriend and a $90,000 Hummer.

During the month of February 2009, Stitzel and Judith Haggins, who acted as Shakespeare's driver and personal assistant, each received about $20,000 from the account of Abraham Shakespeare LLC.

In all, authorities say, Moore bought more than $3.5 million in assets from Shakespeare for less than 5 cents on the dollar.

By the beginning of 2010, Moore was busy telling detectives one version after another about what became of Shakespeare, the affidavit says.

In an interrogation on Jan. 25, Moore said drug dealers who came with him to her office killed him, grabbing her gun out of an open safe to use as a weapon.

When investigators caught her in a lie, she alluded to her son, 14 years old at the time, as the person who shot him.

Detectives said that near the end of that interview, she asked if she could "keep all of her things'' if she told the truth.

Five days later, in an interview with Hillsborough investigators, Moore said Stitzel came to her office with two "white drug dealers'' and an argument developed, and Shakespeare tried to shoot the lawyer but his gun jammed. Stitzel grabbed her gun from the safe and shot him in the chest, she said. The lawyer and one of the drug dealers left, and the second one told her to have a hole dug and he would take care of the body, detectives said Moore alleged.

Mike Smith, an undercover officer from the Lake Wales Police Department, helped break the case. Introduced to Moore as a criminal awaiting sentence, he agreed to take responsibility for the murder for $50,000. This led to the disclosure of where Shakespeare was buried.

Moore bought the backhoe used to bury Shakespeare on April 3, three days before investigators believe he was killed.

She asked her ex-husband to use it to dig a hole under the pretense that it was for trash and concrete, the affidavit said.

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Investigators have now charged Dee Dee Moore with 1st degree murder in the case of murdered lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare. She will make her first court appearance on these charges this morning.

His body was found buried underneath a slab of concrete at a Plant City home owned by Moore's boyfriend last month.

Investigators she befriended the Lakeland man who took home $17 million dollars in 2006, and took advantage of him.

She previously only been charged as an accessory to the crime. This come as sources say Moore's Lakeland attorney, John Liguori, dropped her as a client today.

She remains at the Orient Roal Jail, where she was already being held, and is expected to go before a judge Saturday morning.

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Post by Marica on Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:12 am

GOOD GOING HILLSBOUROUGH COUNTY SO!
Great job, and hope the investigation proves this woman is as responsible for the death of this as if she murdered him herself. Orient Road is a tight run facility but she probably won't be safe there unless she is kept in her own little cell. What a waste! The smell of $$$ turns some people into greedy monsters.
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Post by Nama on Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:56 pm

Hillsborough County Judge James Dominguez today denied bond for first-degree murder suspect Dorice “DeeDee” Moore in the death of Lakeland lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare.
Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee announced Friday night the upgrading of Moore’s charges from accessory after the fact. He released a 22-page crime report affidavit detailing what happened to Shakespeare’s money and how he died.

The affidavit states Shakespeare, 43, was shot twice in the chest with a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson gun belonging to Moore. She has been held in Hillsborough County Jail since Feb. 3.

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D. Howard Stitzel III lived large in this small town.

He practiced law with a former state House speaker, raised money for Republican candidates and sat on a prestigious committee that helped pick judges. He built a 3,200-square-foot home, bought a Harley-Davidson and boat, and traveled to Alaska and France.

Then his heyday came to a halt. In the past three years, he sold his toys, lost his truck and saw his home go into foreclosure. He fell more than $60,000 behind in child support, owed creditors at least $275,000 in court judgments and got pushed out of his law firm.

"I hit the skids, man," Stitzel, 45, said last week.

On his way down, he met Dorice "DeeDee" Moore, the woman charged Friday night with the murder of Polk County lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare. The body was found in the back yard of Stitzel's law practice.

Stitzel figures prominently in the probable cause affidavit supporting Moore's arrest. The lawyer is one of several people she blamed for the killing, and he helped transfer assets and property from Shakespeare to Moore's medical staffing company. He also told detectives that he spoke to Shakespeare by phone in October — six months after the lottery winner's presumed death.

Authorities said "there is no credible evidence" linking anyone other than Moore to the murder.

But they continue to investigate all the potential players. They seized Stitzel's law office and records, and he now has attorneys of his own. He and his attorneys deny any wrongdoing on his part.

"I feel like I've been victimized in this whole thing," Stitzel said. "I know nothing about all this other craziness."

• • •

Young love brought Moore and Stitzel together.

The romance wasn't theirs. They have teenage sons who at different times dated the same Plant City girl. Shannon Gunn, the girl's mother, got to know and like both of the boys' parents as a result of those relationships.

In December 2008, Moore asked Gunn if she knew a good lawyer. Gunn suggested Stitzel.

"I don't know if he's good," she recalls saying, "but I know he needs some clients."

Stitzel, a Stetson University College of Law standout known as a respected and gregarious general practice attorney, was indeed going through a rough patch. He had separated from his second wife after three years of marriage, and their home on Keysville Road was in foreclosure. A credit union had repossessed his 2006 Dodge Ram.

Things got hairier in January 2009. First, Stitzel learned that his driver's license would be suspended because he was delinquent on child support payments from his first marriage. Next, his law partner — former House Speaker Johnnie Byrd — booted him from the firm the two had formed 3 1/2 years earlier.

Byrd said Stitzel had ongoing health and family problems.

"He wasn't showing up for work," Byrd said. "I actually had to fire him over the phone."

Stitzel said business disagreements with his partners led to his departure.

Byrd said it was a sad turn of events for a man he described as having "huge potential."

Before they became Byrd & Stitzel, P.A., the friends had doled out money to Republican candidates as trustees for the Committee for Responsible Government. In 2002, during Byrd's tenure as speaker, he appointed Stitzel to the board of directors at the Johnnie B. Byrd Sr. Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute in Tampa.

Stitzel donated $4,000 to Byrd's failed U.S. Senate bid, records show. Later, after Byrd returned to Plant City, the men bantered about politics on Byrd's Saturday morning conservative radio talk show.

Around the time the men parted ways, Stitzel began facilitating the transfer of property and mortgages from Shakespeare to Moore's company, American Medical Professionals. Moore, a Plant City native, befriended Shakespeare after the Polk County man won the $31 million jackpot in 2006.

Stitzel, in a brief interview with the St. Petersburg Times, said Moore paid him to prepare the documents but that he didn't counsel the parties on any transactions. The probable cause affidavit made public Friday said Stitzel received three checks in February 2009 totaling $17,500, all from the Abraham Shakespeare LLC and signed by Moore.

Stitzel said he saw Shakespeare only twice.

"I was a transactional attorney," he said. "All I did was prepare deeds."

Byrd is listed as the preparer of a Jan. 9, 2009, quitclaim deed that transferred Shakespeare's nearly $1.1 million gated community home to Moore's company. But Byrd said he did not prepare the document and that his name appears only because the deed came from an office computer program that automatically included it.

He said he never met Shakespeare or Moore.

When Stitzel left the firm, he took Shakespeare with him, Byrd said.

Stitzel said he essentially started over from scratch in the middle of a tough economy. It took him two months to set up a new solo law practice on Alexander Street in Plant City. "But since then, I've tried to work," he said.

Stitzel wore shorts and flip-flops to his new office and visited only intermittently, according to real estate brokers who work in a suite across the hall. They said they saw his clients more than they saw Stitzel. Some clients were angry because Stitzel had not shown up for court hearings, said Tom Sash, one broker.

In two court documents filed last fall, Stitzel's first wife and a former client's mother said they were told Stitzel was using drugs. Stitzel denies the allegations. He has no arrest record or disciplinary history with the Florida Bar.

Sash recalls Moore arriving distraught on one occasion, crying that Stitzel had not done something he was supposed to do. In addition to the property transactions, Stitzel represented Moore in her divorce from her husband of 17 years.

Moore wasn't simply his client. Stitzel told the Times that he borrowed money from her. He wouldn't say how much. Gunn and Sash said Moore told them she loaned the lawyer $25,000.

Moore, who is being held without bail and also faces a charge of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, declined an interview request from jail. Gunn, who spent a considerable amount of time with Moore while their kids socialized, remembers her friend speaking highly of Stitzel but worrying about his health and ability to repay her.

Moore wanted to help Stitzel get his life back together, Gunn said, and figured the best way to do that was to make sure he was working. Last summer, Stitzel moved his law office to a home owned by Moore's boyfriend on State Road 60 — a property authorities say was bought with Shakespeare's money.

Investigators would later find Shakespeare's body buried beneath a 30-foot by 30-foot concrete slab in the law office's back yard. Authorities say the lottery winner was killed April 6 or 7 in the single-story home next door.

In June, Stitzel filed documents on Shakespeare's behalf in a Polk County small claims dispute. He wrote about the lottery winner in present tense. At a child support hearing in August, Stitzel told a Polk County judge that his client was out of the country.

Late last year, the attorney told both detectives and the Ledger in Lakeland that he last spoke to Shakespeare by phone in October. When detectives asked Stitzel how he knew it was the lottery winner, the attorney said that he was familiar with his client's voice.

"I firmly believe he's alive," Stitzel told the newspaper, according to the report. "I firmly believe he's hiding because he doesn't want to be found."

Stitzel wouldn't discuss that phone call last week. Detectives say it never took place and that Stitzel made an implicit admission confirming his misrepresentation to authorities during a controlled phone call with Moore.

Stitzel's attorney, Pat Courtney, said, "He had no reason to believe that (Shakespeare) was anything other than alive until law enforcement came to search that property."

On Monday, a hearing officer held Stitzel in contempt for not paying child support since 2008. In court, Stitzel said he was just starting to get his finances together when the murder case knocked him back down.

He is once again looking for new law office space. His Stitzel Law Firm shingle sat propped last week on the porch of his two-story house, just half a mile from where Moore's parents live.

"I feel, like, totally duped, too," he said.

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by laga Yesterday at 10:21 pm Is attorney Stitzel stupid, lying, guilty or all three?
My guess is all three!

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Post by Nama on Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:47 pm

Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore appeared before a Hillsborough County judge Saturday morning and was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond.
Investigators believe they have substantial evidence against Moore in connection with the homicide of a Florida Lottery winner.
Hillsborough County detectives said two bullets found in Abraham Shakespeare's body were fired from Moore's gun.
Investigators said Moore offered bribes to people to say they had seen Shakespeare alive or even pretend to be him over the phone well after his death.

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Moore shot and uploaded a video to YouTube that investigators said depicts Shakespeare's frustration with people who ask him for money.
In the video, Moore can be heard suggesting far-off places Shakespeare might go to get away.
Investigators claim to have video of Moore buying items to conceal Shakespeare's killing.
According to detectives, Moore was controlling all of Shakespeare's lottery winnings he had not already lost or given away.
Shakespeare's body was found on Jan. 29 buried beneath a slab of concrete behind a home Moore owns with her boyfriend. Court records said Shakespeare was likely killed on April 6 or 7.
According to an arrest report, Moore provided several accounts as to how Shakespeare was killed. She admitted to being present in each account.
Detectives said Moore also paid someone$50,000 to take the blame for Abraham's death. The report said Moore had financial motive to kill Shakespeare and conceal the truth concerning his death and disappearance.
Moore had previously been charged as an accessory to Shakespeare's murder.
Moore, who is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail, had previously said she did not kill Shakespeare. No one else has been charged in connection with the death.
Shakespeare initially told Shakespeare she wanted to write a book about his life. There is no evidence that Moore has been a writer in the past.

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Post by Nama on Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:03 am

Kala Gunn spent hours and hours with Dee Dee Moore.

She also spent a lot of time with Howard Stitzel - a lawyer who did work for Moore and Abraham Shakespeare.

She also spent some time with Shakespeare, even taking care of the Florida Lottery winner's niece.

Kala is 15. Moore's son R.J. was her second boyfriend.

Stitzel's son Bogan was her first.

What's it like for a young teen when parents of her first two boyfriends are caught up in an infamous murder case? And to get to the know the players?

"Weird," says Kala Gunn. "Awkward."

Kala Gunn was 13 when she met a boy named Howard Bogan Stitzel at an evening church program, said Kala's mother, Shannon Gunn. It was shortly after Valentine's Day 2008, and the two soon started dating.
Bogan Stitzel, as Kala liked to call him, was also 13.

"She was head over heels for him," says Gunn. "He had a great personality, very creative and funny to be around."

It was during this time that Shannon Gunn got to know Howard Stitzel.

"It was my daughter's first boyfriend," says Gunn. "You kind of want to know what kind of people these people are."

She described the lawyer as successful.

Even after the teens broke up in early October of that year, Shannon Gunn says, she maintained a friendship with Stitzel.

"We got wrapped up in their family," she says. "I will never do that again."

A few weeks later, Kala and some friends were riding around in golf carts in Walden Lakes, a Plant City gated community.

Gunn says when she came to pick up her daughter, there were two boys with her. One was Robert James "R.J" Moore.

The next day, Kala and R.J. went to the Brandon Ice Skating rink. Afterward, R.J. invited Kala and her mom to come to their house in Walden Lakes.

"That's when I met Dee Dee," says Gunn. "She was very nice."

Soon Kala and R.J. started dating, says Gunn.

Gunn says she and Moore would hang out watching "chick flicks.".

One day in December, Kala and her mom went to the Moore's house for lunch.

When they arrived, there was a guest, a tall black man in dreadlocks.

Kala says the man admonished her for downing so many energy drinks.

"He was downloading music and watching me and said, 'Girl, you better slow down. You could have a heart attack.'"

Later, Gunn says, Moore told her that the man she and her daughter met was Abraham Shakespeare, who won a lot of money in the Florida Lottery. People were ripping Shakespeare off, Moore told her. Then, Gunn says, Moore asked her if she knew a good lawyer.

So Gunn says she introduced Moore to Stitzel.

A short while after Gunn introduced Stizel and Moore, R.J. Moore broke up with Kala. Gunn says her friendship with Moore temporarily ended, but they eventually rekindled their friendship.

Later, news about Abraham Shakespeare began hitting the front pages and newscasts.

First he was reported missing, then his body was found, then Moore was arrested, first accused of covering up the murder, then charged with first degree murder.

Investigators would later say that Stitzel - who has not been charged with anything - prepared some of the paperwork allowing Moore to transfer Shakespeare's property over to her.

Stitzel denies any wrongdoing.

When her mom told her Shakespeare was killed, Kala says "I was freaking out."

"I had been over to the house" where investigators say Shakespeare was killed, she says. "It's weird. It scares me. I never want to go over there again."

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Post by Nama on Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:17 am

The woman charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Florida Lottery winner says she doesn't have enough money to hire a lawyer.

Dorice Donegan "Dee Dee" Moore, who investigators say siphoned millions of Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare's fortune before killing him, asked for a public defender in court papers filed last month.

Moore stated in the papers that she now has only $100 in the bank.

Detectives say Shakespeare was killed at a home in a rural town east of Tampa in April 2009, about three years after claiming a winning Lottery ticket and taking a $17 million lump-sum payment.

His body was found last month buried behind a home Moore owns with her boyfriend.

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Post by Nama on Thu Mar 11, 2010 1:18 am

Dorice Donegan "Dee Dee" Moore, who investigators say siphoned the last $3.5 million of Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare's fortune before killing him, is now so broke she was granted a public defender.

In court papers filed last month, Moore stated that she has only $100 in the bank. When asked her indebtedness, she wrote "0, now that they took everything and said I can't use any of it."

When first arrested Feb. 2 on a charge of accessory after the fact to a first-degree murder, Moore had a private attorney named John Liguori.

On Feb. 19, the Hillsborough County State Attorney upgraded the charge to first-degree murder. The next day, she asked the court to give her a public defender because she was indigent. The request was granted two days later.

Investigators say Moore had transferred Shakespeare's remaining cash into her accounts and bought his Lakeland house for about half of what he paid, using his money.

Shakespeare was last seen alive in April 2009, and investigators say he was shot twice in the chest sometime between April 6 and 7 and buried under a concrete slab on a Turkey Creek property owned by Moore.

Moore has given several versions of what happened to Shakespeare, including that she killed him in self-defense, that her son did it and that her lawyer, D. Howard Stizel III, did it.

She has also given several versions of why she took control of what was left of the nearly $13 million Shakespeare took home, after taxes, when he won the Florida Lottery in November 2006. She has said Shakespeare was trying to hide the money from Tori Butler, the mother of his infant son, Jeremiyah.

Moore has a court hearing scheduled for next month.

Moore is being held at the Orient Road Jail with bail set at $1 million.

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Post by Wrapitup on Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:16 am

What did she do with all the millions???? :scratch:

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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:53 pm

Updated: Friday, 12 Mar 2010, 6:31 AM EST
Published : Friday, 12 Mar 2010, 6:17 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The woman accused of slaying a Florida Lottery winner has been formally charged with his murder.

A Hillsborough County grand jury indicted Dorice Donegan "Dee Dee" Moore on a single count of first-degree murder on Thursday.

Prosecutors had previously filed a first-degree murder charge against her.

Investigators say Moore siphoned millions of Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare's fortune before killing him. Detectives say Shakespeare was killed at a home in a rural town east of Tampa
in April 2009, about three years after claiming a winning Lottery ticket and taking a $17 million lump-sum payment.

His body was found last month buried behind a home Moore owns with her boyfriend.

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Post by Nama on Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:05 pm

The woman accused of killing Abraham Shakespeare and draining the millionaire of his lottery winnings is expected to be in court tomorrow to be arraigned on new charges.

A grand jury indicted Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore last week on pre-meditated murder. Prosectors also dropped the "accessory after the fact" murder charge and added a new charge of "interception of wire or oral communication."

She is accused of murdering Shakespeare sometime between April 1st and 13th of last year.

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