TAMPA — After a 12-hour courtroom marathon notable for warnings to an exuberant defendant and angry spectators, an arduous jury selection process finished Tuesday night for Dorice DeeDee Moore, accused of killing a Lakeland lottery winner in 2009.
During the selection of eight men and four women, Moore was scolded for what the judge perceived as overly friendly body language — including smiles and nods — directed at a prospective juror. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Emmett Battles also warned spectators after he noticed a friend or family member of the murder victim direct a hostile hand gesture at the defendant.
Moore is accused of fatally shooting Abraham Shakespeare, a 42-year-old day laborer who won a $17 million lottery jackpot in 2006. His mummified body was found months later under a concrete slab on property Moore owned in Plant City.
Prospective jurors waiting outside the courtroom to be interviewed could be heard cheering those who had been dismissed from serving.
"Were you guys doing the wave out there?" Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner asked them.
Opening statements in the trial are expected today.