TAMPA — The woman who told authorities she became a friend and financial adviser to a man who won millions in the Florida Lottery has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in the man’s death.
Dorice Donegan “Dee Dee” Moore was indicted Thursday by a Hillsborough County grand jury. Moore was arrested after Abraham Shakespeare’s body was found buried beneath a concrete slab behind a home Moore owns with her boyfriend in Plant City, a rural town east of Tampa, in January.
Investigators say Moore, 37, siphoned millions of Shakespeare’s fortune before shooting him in early April 2009, less than three years after the barely literate truck driver’s assistant cashed in a winning lottery ticket and took a $17 million lump sum payment.
Moore has told investigators several versions of what happened to Shakespeare, including that she killed him in self-defense and that her son and attorney were responsible. She also has given differing versions of why she took control of what was left of Shakespeare’s lottery winnings before he disappeared last year.
Moore said she wanted to write a book about Shakespeare and then became his friend and financial adviser, but officials said she actually scammed him out of money. Property records show she bought a $1 million home from Shakespeare for $655,000, and she acknowledged moving $2 million of his money into her bank account.
Police say Moore also tried to find someone she could pay to take the rap for the 43-year-old’s killing and someone to move his body.