TAMPA — The woman accused of killing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare said a detention deputy attacked her in jail, but a sheriff's officer said Monday her story was just a ruse.
Dorice Donegan "DeeDee" Moore made up the claim to get rid of an Orient Road Jail deputy she didn't like, said Col. Jim Previtera, commander of the detention services division.
"The internal affairs investigators were emphatic that the claim was unsubstantiated and that she was a liar," Previtera said. "Apparently there was an effort by DeeDee Moore and a couple of other inmates to get a deputy — who is very firm and does her job very decisively — out of the pod."
The deputy ran afoul of Moore by telling her she had too many pens, books and other materials in her living area in the jail.
A search of Moore's cell, which she shares with another female inmate, found she had cut a slit in her mattress and was hoarding ballpoint pens, Previtera said. The search also yielded clothing, papers and other items deemed to be contraband.
On Sunday, the deputy called Moore into a private room in the jail, which is not monitored by video, to discuss what items she would be allowed to keep.
Moore told investigators she entered the room, then the deputy followed and began to kick her after the door was closed.
But when investigators watched videotape showing the door to the room, they saw the deputy enter first, then Moore.
The video also showed Moore did not appear distressed when leaving the room after less than 10 minutes, Previtera said.
Investigators determined Moore had conspired with two inmates to spread the word that the deputy attacked her. They noted inconsistencies in the inmates' stories, including the time the alleged attack took place, Previtera said.
Moore and the two inmates have since been moved to separate locations in the jail.
"The deputy has no prior disciplinary history," Previtera said. "She's a good deputy."
He added that this is not the first time deputies have had trouble with Moore. Once, she had more books than permitted.
"She had a number of items in excess of what she would be allowed to keep," Previtera said. "She has had several problems functioning in the general population."
He asked investigators to file a false police report charge against Moore, who is awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge.
An attorney for Moore could not be reached for comment.
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