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Prosecutor says suspect pointing fingers in Lotto winner's death

TAMPA — Deputies believe she knows who killed Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare.

But when Dorice "DeeDee" Moore stood before a judge Wednesday morning wearing jailhouse orange, a prosecutor said she's pointed the finger at many people — including herself.

"Has she been cooperative?" Hillsborough Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich asked prosecutors.

Only if cooperative means giving a variety of explanations for Shakespeare's death, Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner responded.

At various times Moore has blamed an attorney, her 14-year-old son, a drug dealer and one of Shakespeare's relatives, Pruner said.

She even claimed that she did it in self-defense, he said.

Moore, 37, was booked into the Orient Road Jail late Tuesday on a charge of accessory to murder in the 42-year-old millionaire's death.

Heinrich set bail for the Lakeland woman at $1 million. That means she will have to come up with $100,000 to secure bond and walk out of jail.

She must surrender her passport and any airline tickets and is banned from leaving Polk or Hillsborough counties. Heinrich also imposed a Nebbia requirement, which means Moore must disclose the source of the bond payment and demonstrate that it was not acquired illegally.

Her parents, Linda and Patrick Donegan, said Wednesday night that the money won't be coming from them. "None of our family has any money to bail her out," the mother said.

The Donegans said they feel bad for Shakespeare's family.

"If she's responsible for it, she's going to answer to the man upstairs," Moore's father said.

A spokesman for Shakespeare's family said news of the bail came as a shock to those who cared about him, those who believe the possibility of her release is a threat to the community.

"This lady is a very dangerous individual," the Rev. H.B. Holmes said.

Shakespeare's mother, Elizabeth Walker, is planning a Thursday morning news conference to talk about the developments.

Moore's attorney, John Liguori of Bartow, did not return calls Wednesday for comment. During the hearing, another attorney spoke on her behalf, stating that Moore has been cooperative.

Deputies say Moore befriended Shakespeare after he won a $30 million jackpot and accepted a $16.9 million lump sum payment in 2006. She told Shakespeare she was a journalist thinking of writing a book about him.

He was last seen in April but wasn't reported missing until November.

Now Polk authorities and Hills­borough County Sheriff David Gee say he was killed on April 6 or 7 at a home in east Hillsborough County. They say Moore moved into his $1 million house and staged his disappearance. Authorities say she paid someone to dig a hole to bury Shakespeare's body, and that she purchased bags of lime to cover it

They say Moore used Shakespeare's cell phone to text friends and family to tell them he was okay — and even got someone to call the victim's mother at Christmas.

Finally, deputies charge, Moore tried to find a prison-bound convict who might, for $50,000, claim to have killed Shakespeare. They say she gave a witness the alleged murder weapon, a .38-caliber revolver, and arranged for the body to be exhumed and moved.

Holmes said the disappointment of Moore's bail was increased by the fact that deputies believe she has her hands on what remains of his dwindling fortune — including his $1 million house.

"That doesn't make the family very happy at all," he said.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, the family plans to bury Shakespeare.

Amid this unraveling scandal, Holmes said, he hopes people will remember all the good Shakespeare did for those around him. He used his winnings to help people climb out of debt, get new cars and stave off foreclosure.

"Our goal on Saturday," Holmes said, "is to celebrate the legacy of this great man and what he's done for a lot of people in this community."

Information from Bay News 9 was used in this report. Staff writer Colleen Jenkins and news researcher John Martin contributed. Rebecca Catalanello can be reached at or (813) 226-3383.

Prosecutor says suspect pointing fingers in Lotto winner's death 02/03/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 10:17pm]
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