TAMPA — The prosecution rested its case Friday against Dorice "DeeDee" Moore, charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lakeland lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare. Testimony ended with a detective telling jurors that Moore blamed her 14-year-old son for the fatal shooting in 2009 after first claiming that two other men killed Shakespeare.
Polk County Detective Dave Clark said Moore sunk to her knees in a Sheriff's Office parking lot on Jan. 25, 2010. He quoted Moore as saying, "My son shot Abraham because he was choking me. He was only trying to protect me."
Moore, 40, is accused of killing Shakespeare, 43, and burying him in Plant City after taking over his Lakeland mansion and the remains of his 2006 Florida Lotto jackpot.
Her attorneys have not said whether she will testify when the defense begins Monday before Hillsborough Circuit Judge Emmett Battles.