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No bail for woman charged in Lottery winner’s death

TAMPA — The woman charged with first-degree murder in connection with the homicide of a Florida Lottery winner was held without bail Saturday.

Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore was charged Friday, more than two weeks after she was first arrested in connection with the death of Abraham Shakespeare.

Detectives say the central Florida man 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.

Shakespeare’s body was found last month buried behind a home Moore owns with her boyfriend.

No one else has been charged in his death.

A probable cause affidavit offers more details about Moore, her relationship with Shakespeare and the Lottery winner’s untimely death.

Detectives say Moore arranged to be introduced to Shakespeare in October 2008, supposedly to write a book about his life story, and soon became his financial adviser.

At that time, little of Shakespeare’s Lottery winnings remained. Detectives say he had given away or loaned most everything, with $1.5 million in cash and $3 million in assets remaining.

Authorities contend Moore secured control over about $3.5 million of the remaining assets.

According to the affidavit, Moore said she noticed Shakespeare was being taken advantage of and offered help with his financial affairs, “out of the goodness of her heart.”

Moore went on to say Shakespeare devised a plan to leave the Lakeland area, selling his residence to her and all of the debt owed to him. Detectives say Moore has admitted to not paying him for any of it.

Shakespeare’s cousin reported him missing in November, and in the months since, Moore provided several different accounts of what happened to the 43-year-old man.

Detectives allege she even hired a man to call Shakespeare’s mother, pretending to be him. The man soon began cooperating with authorities, after they identified him by tracing the call.

The documents state Moore later approached the same man about finding someone who would be willing to admit to killing Shakespeare in return for $50,000. An undercover police officer stepped in, and Moore promised to provide the firearm used in the murder and location of where the body was located.

Questioned by detectives, Moore provided several stories of how Shakespeare was killed: By drug dealers; by her in self-defense; and she even alluded to her son, 14 years old at the time, as having shot the victim.

Investigators found Shakespeare’s remains Jan. 28, under a concrete slab Moore had shown the informant, according to the affidavit. An autopsy revealed he had died from homicidal violence, including gunshot wounds to the chest.

The affidavit states two bullets were found in his body, with similar characteristics to bullets test fired from a gun Moore allegedly provided the informant.

In every account, authorities say Moore admitted to being present when he was killed.

“There is no credible evidence linking anyone other than Dee Dee Moore to the homicide of Abraham Shakespeare,” the affidavit says.

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