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Jury hears of fake phone calls, offers of sex in Abraham Shakespeare case

TAMPA — On the third day of testimony in the trial of Dorice "DeeDee" Moore, accused of murdering lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, jurors heard how the woman offered to have sex with one of the detectives who was investigating her.

She also paid another man $300 to make phone calls claiming to be Shakespeare.

Greg Smith, 43, knew Shakespeare for 15 years before he went missing in 2009.

Smith, who had borrowed $63,000 from Shakespeare, testified Friday that Moore offered to pay him in exchange for making phone calls: one to Polk County sheriff's Detective David Wallace saying he'd seen Shakespeare in Miami, and another to Shakespeare's mother pretending to be her missing son.

Smith made the calls. But he didn't know Wallace was a detective on the case. After tracking his phone, detectives asked him to record future meetings with Moore to help the investigation. He recorded about 10 in-person meetings with Moore, Wallace testified.

Investigators charged Moore with first-degree murder in connection with Shakespeare's death. His bullet-ridden body was found buried on Moore's Plant City property in January 2010. Shakespeare won a $30 million lottery in 2006 and took a $17 million payout. He was missing for months before authorities found his body under a concrete slab.

Polk County sheriff's Detective David Clark testified Friday that he questioned Moore in November 2009 about Shakespeare's disappearance. At one point during the investigation, Clark asked Moore how many cellphones she owned.

Moore's answer: one. But when Clark searched Moore's car a short time later, he found a second cellphone in the console.

"She told me she hadn't used that phone in months, and she had forgotten about it," Clark told a Hillsborough County Circuit Court jury.

Moore then tried to divert the detective's attention: She wanted a relationship once her name was cleared.

Moore said she found him attractive and hoped he would eventually have sex with her, the detective recalled.

Also Friday, jurors heard a recorded phone call between Moore and a relative of Shakespeare's. The relative called Moore and talked to her on a speakerphone during an interview with detectives.

During the call, Moore said she thought the investigation was ridiculous and that Shakespeare was hiding to avoid paying child support.

Moore also said during the call that she had talked to someone who had spoken to Shakespeare, and that person was going to get Shakespeare a phone so he could contact Moore, Clark testified.

"She said Mr. Shakespeare was supposed to be in town that night to get a cellphone from this person," Clark said.

Some days later, Clark questioned Moore again. Moore again said Shakespeare left to avoid paying child support, adding that he had also been threatened by people who owed him money, Clark testified.

The trial, which is expected to last through the end of next week, resumes on Monday.

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