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DeeDee Moore gets new lawyer in Lotto winner murder case

TAMPA — DeeDee Moore, the woman accused of killing Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare, appeared in court Monday and was assigned a state-appointed defense attorney after the public defender declared a conflict of interest.

It was unclear what the conflict was, but a lawyer from the regional conflict counsel office was named to represent Moore. She will enter a plea after meeting with her new attorney.

Moore is charged with first-degree murder and interception of wire or oral communication. Prosecutors said they have not decided whether they will seek the death penalty if Moore is convicted.

Shakespeare collected about $12.7 million after he won the Lotto in 2006. He had $1.5 million left in cash and $3 million left in assets when Moore entered his life in 2008, saying she wanted to write a book about him. Authorities say Moore was in "virtually complete control of his money" when he was killed last April.

Shakespeare's body was found under a concrete slab in Plant City earlier this year.

A probable cause document used to support the charge against Moore said she provided several accounts of how Shakespeare was killed, but that the common thread was she was present each time. She also identified her own .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver as the weapon used to kill Shakespeare with two gunshot wounds to the chest.

A grand jury indicted Moore Thursday.

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