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Suspect DeeDee Moore fights to keep slain Lakeland lottery winner's home

BARTOW — Although in jail on charges of murder, Dorice "DeeDee" Moore isn't giving up the home of slain Lakeland lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare without a fight.

Shakespeare's estate is seeking to regain ownership of the home, saying he wasn't paid for it and the signature on a quitclaim deed isn't his.

Moore has written numerous letters filed in the civil dispute to argue that the residence is hers.

"If you steal my home with false accusations, I will sue you," she wrote.

Court records show that Lakeland lawyer Stephen Martin, who represents the estate of Shakespeare, has been working to reclaim assets for Shakespeare's two sons, 9-year-old Moses and 2-year-old Jeremiyah.

Last week, Martin filed complaints claiming several mortgages on properties were fraudulently transferred from Shakespeare to Moore's medical staffing company, American Medical Professionals.

Moore is accused of killing Shakespeare, 43, whose body was found Jan. 29, 2010, under a concrete slab behind a Plant City home. He had been shot twice in the chest with .38-caliber bullets.

Authorities say Moore, 38, befriended Shakespeare by saying she wanted to write a book about him and then seized control of his remaining fortune, including his home.

Shakespeare, who won a $17 million lump-sum lottery payment, bought the home on Red Hawk Bend Drive for about $1.07 million in 2007.

Legal documents show ownership of the home was transferred in January 2009 from Shakespeare to Moore's company.

Moore has sent many letters to Circuit Judge Neil Roddenbery, who is handling the civil case, asking him to postpone hearings until her trial ends.

Roddenbery has not been communicating with Moore. The judge has been posting her letters in the court file.

"The home has everything I ever worked for in it," Moore wrote in one letter.

Investigative reports in her criminal case say Moore gave detectives several accounts of how Shakespeare was killed, including by herself in self-defense and by drug dealers.

Suspect DeeDee Moore fights to keep slain Lakeland lottery winner's home 02/18/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 18, 2011 11:14pm]
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