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Slain Lotto winner's mother tells of betrayal

LAKELAND — Dorice "DeeDee" Moore brought Elizabeth Walker to Busch Gardens and Walt Disney World. She took her out to dinner. The last time the two saw each other, Moore gave Walker a Bible.

Then, last week, deputies found the remains of Walker's son, Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare, 42.

This week, detectives charged Moore as an accessory to Shakespeare's murder.

Walker feels angry, knowing all this.

"I feel hurt, disappointed," the Polk County woman said Thursday. "I can't understand how someone could do that, knowing what has happened ... knowing that my son is dead and I'll never see him again."

Walker met with reporters today in Lakeland to discuss the arrest of the woman she once considered a friend. She feels relieved to finally know of her son's whereabouts but she wished for a different outcome.

Moore had told Walker that Shakespeare was in Orlando or had gone to California to get treatment for an illness, the mother said. Moore had led the family to believe that Shakespeare had AIDS.

The family's pastor, H.B. Holmes, said they now know the illness was a lie.

"This lady is a professional con artist," Holmes said of Moore.

If Walker could speak with Moore, she said she would ask, "Why?"

"If she needed money, Abraham would have gave it to her. Why did she disappoint me this way?" Walker said.

Walker wishes her son had never won the lottery. His phone never stopped ringing. People constantly hounded him for money.

"He was just miserable," she said.

Walker grew emotional at the end of the news conference. Nearby, a tear rolled down the cheek of Shakespeare's 8-year-old son, Moses.

Walker isn't sure what Moore's full role may have been in Shakespeare's death.

"We now leave judgment of those who harmed him in the hands of God and our conviction system," she said.

Slain Lotto winner's mother tells of betrayal 02/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 4, 2010 12:21pm]
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