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Lotto murder case records: DeeDee Moore's mother describes 'erratic behavior'

TAMPA — The offer came over pizza with her parents.

Dorice "DeeDee" Moore's father said he wished he could take on the burden she faced as an investigation into the disappearance and death of Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare closed in around her.

"Well, would you Dad?" Moore asked, bringing up his age and poor health.

The next morning, she asked again.

"You really would do something like that, Dad?"

It was one of a number of ways Moore sought to deflect attention from herself in connection with Shakespeare's mysterious end, according to more than 4,000 pages of investigative documents released Thursday.

Authorities say Shakespeare died in April 2009, but it wasn't until January that they unearthed his body from beneath a concrete slab in Plant City.

By then, Moore had been named a "person of intense interest" in Shakespeare's disappearance. But documents show she began concocting tales months earlier about what had happened to the 42-year-old day laborer who collected about $12.7 million after taxes when he won the Florida lottery in 2006.

First, she said he was alive and missing by choice, records show. Then she told multiple versions about how he died. Meantime, she looked for someone willing to cop to his killing.

In the end, her stories — and greed — helped convince prosecutors that only she was to blame. The Hillsborough State Attorney's Office charged her with first-degree murder, saying she took control of Shakespeare's millions and then killed him when he started asking questions.

Moore, 38, sits in jail awaiting trial. The paper trail explains how she got there.

• • •

Detectives believe Shakespeare last used his cell phone on April 6, 2009, with signals hitting a Plant City phone tower at 7:58 p.m.

For a while afterward, friends and relatives received only text messages from the Polk County man's phone — strange for someone they knew was illiterate.

The messages didn't sound like him. One text told a relative that Shakespeare was a "grown a-- man" and would come back when he wanted to come back.

A text sent to a grocery store owner who had borrowed $1 million from Shakespeare read: "I'm fine. Just got myself into more trouble than usual. My new bookie bumped my head real hard. I'll be back, just gotta fix some things. I have power of attorney to collect for me just while I'm gone. If you can pay me off, it will help a lot of my problems."

Judy Haggins, Shakespeare's personal assistant who had his power of attorney, received a text saying Shakespeare was thrilled he could trust Moore with his money, records show.

Relatives wrote him back, asking questions only he could answer. They got no response.

Moore, who befriended Shakespeare in 2008 and said she planned to write a book about him, was quick to suggest his whereabouts. She told people he went to Texas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Orlando.

She said he was sick in a hospital. She said he was tired of being chased for money.

In January, her parents told detectives that they noticed she had come into quite a bit of money in the past year. And they didn't think her explanations for how she was able to afford fancy cars, watches and trips added up.

About a month after Shakespeare's disappearance, records show she spent $3,700 at Gucci in a single shopping trip.

"She tells the fibiest fibs," said her father, Patrick Donegan.

Authorities offer this explanation: Within four months of meeting Shakespeare, Moore had secured control over all the assets he had not already spent or given away. The sum totaled $3.5 million and included the lottery winner's mansion.

• • •

In November, seven months after Shakespeare was last seen, a relative finally reported him missing.

The relative believed Moore and Haggins were to blame, noting that Moore had paid him $5,000 to give Shakespeare's mother a birthday card supposedly signed by the lottery winner.

Soon after, the mother of one of Shakespeare's young sons told a Lakeland detective that Moore had offered to sign over a $250,000 house to her if she told police she had seen Shakespeare.

As the investigation into Shakespeare's disappearance heated up, so did Moore's efforts to distance herself from wrongdoing.

She asked a man named Gregory Todd Smith if he knew anyone who would admit to killing the lottery winner and throwing his body into Tampa Bay. She didn't realize Smith was working for detectives and recording what she said.

She gave Smith the .38-caliber revolver she said had been used in the killing. On Jan. 25, she brought him to the site where Shakespeare was buried, drew him a picture in a spiral notebook to show exactly where the body was and devised a plan for it to be moved, according to the records.

Detectives obtained receipts from trips Moore made to Sam's Club and Walmart the day before, when her purchases included Clorox Bleach, a roll of duct tape, a Lysol kit, two pairs of gloves, a broom, two rolls of sheeting and a Frappuccino.

After authorities thwarted her plan to get the body moved and recovered it themselves, Moore told her family, Haggins and investigators varying accounts of how Shakespeare died. She blamed his fatal shooting on drug dealers, a lawyer and even her then-14-year-old son.

But never herself.

"I'm not guilty," she told her parents a few days before her arrest, according to records. "I just want it to all go away."

• • •

Moore has been jailed since February, but the stories have not stopped.

A fellow inmate, Angelina Marshall, reported in June that Moore maintained her teenage son killed Shakespeare during a an argument that got out of control.

Moore's son denies any involvement — "One hundred percent didn't happen," he told detectives — and now refuses to have anything to do with his mother, according to the inmate.

Marshall, currently serving a two-year prison sentence, said Moore gave her power of attorney to manage Moore's business affairs and bank accounts when Marshall gets out. Moore also gave her a to-do list.

Her son "turned 16 (in) January," Marshall said Moore told her. "I want you to buy him a 2010 Ford Mustang."

In January, investigators found the body of missing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare buried under a concrete slab in Plant City. Dorice “DeeDee” Moore has been arrested in his slaying.


In January, investigators found the body of missing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare buried under a concrete slab in Plant City. Dorice “DeeDee” Moore has been arrested in his slaying.

Lotto murder case records: DeeDee Moore's mother describes 'erratic behavior' 09/16/10 [Last modified: Friday, September 17, 2010 11:26am]
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