TAMPA — A difficult jury selection began Monday for Dorice "DeeDee" Moore, accused of the first-degree murder of a Lakeland lottery winner in 2009. About half of a jury pool of 100 said they'd heard about the case. Almost as many said serving an anticipated two weeks as jurors would pose hardships.
Nevertheless, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Emmett Battles said he hoped to find 12 impartial jurors and two alternates by the end of the day.
The case made national news from the beginning when Moore was charged in the murder of 42-year-old illiterate day laborer Abraham Shakespeare, the winner of a $17 million lottery jackpot in 2006.
She is accused of shooting Shakespeare twice in the chest and burying his body under a concrete slab in Plant City. Detectives unearthed the body nine months later after Moore allegedly told a police informant she would pay for a false confession.
Prosecutors say Moore was supposed to help him manage his money.
In conversations with investigators, Moore repeatedly proclaimed innocence. But investigators say she changed her story several times and blamed the murder on different people.
If convicted, Moore faces life in prison.