TAMPA — Shar Krasniqi was an out-of-work 23-year-old when he became Dorice "DeeDee" Moore's boyfriend in 2006. She was 11 years older, he said. It wasn't a problem.
By 2009, Krasniqi was wearing a Rolex and driving a $70,000 black Corvette she gave him for Valentine's Day. He was living in a Lakeland mansion Moore had acquired from missing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare.
Krasniqi also found himself the CEO of a new company Moore had started. "I just signed whatever she put in front of me," he said.
The good times lasted until 2010, when Polk County detectives told him the Corvette might have been paid for with lottery money stolen from Shakespeare. He immediately gave it up.
He is now married and living in Atlanta.
Testifying Wednesday, Krasniqi was among a parade of witnesses helping the prosecution stitch together its first-degree murder case against Moore. She is accused of shooting Shakespeare twice in the chest, then burying his body on her property in Plant City.
Jurors also heard Doug Hancock, a Bank of America officer, who recalled a day in February 2010 when Moore brought Shakespeare to his office with a $1.1 million check the lottery winner had received from Prudential Annuities.
The two opened an account for Abraham Shakespeare LLC. Shakespeare deposited the entire check. Both he and Moore were authorized to write checks.
After they finished, Hancock said Moore ducked back in his office alone to tell him to call her if Shakespeare tried to withdraw money. "She said he would waste it."
A few days later, he learned that Moore had given herself sole authority to write checks by showing the bank minutes of an Abraham Shakespeare LLC "board meeting" that gave her that power. The document listed her as the only attendee at the board meeting.
"I was on the golf course," he said, "when I was told that she had asked for a $250,000 cashier's check. The money disappeared very rapidly."
Hancock said Moore later called him, "almost hysterical, saying Abraham was trying to kill her over how she handled the money."
He said she then came by to present him with a check for $20,000, "a thank-you for keeping Abraham away from the money."
Hancock said he turned the check over to bank security.
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