Dee Dee Moore will spend the rest of her life behind bars for first degree murder. It took a jury about three hours Monday night to find her guilty of killing Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare in 2009.
"I will make a very brief comment, Miss Moore," said Judge Emmett Lamar Battles once jurors read the verdict. "After trial … listening to all of this over two weeks…words that were said here: Cold, calculated, cruel ... they all apply. Manipulative … probably the most manipulative person that this court has seen."
Prosecutors painted Moore as a vindictive woman who killed Shakespeare. He took more than a $12 million lump sum after winning the Florida lottery in 2006. Prosecutors say Shakespeare spent, loaned, or simply gave away a lot of the money but had more than a million left when he met Moore in 2008.
A year later he was dead.
Testimony during the two week trial revealed Shakespeare was shot twice. Investigators found his body buried in a deep hole under thick concrete on a Turkey Creek property owned by Moore.
Prosecutors said Moore took control of Shakespeare's accounts and drained him of his last million. A financial expert who analyzed records said Shakespeare was broke when he died in 2009.
"Abraham Shakespeare was your prey and your victim," Judge Battles said. "Money was the root of the evil that you brought to Abraham."
Moore, who's 40 years-old, will never be eligible for parole.
"This person that did this ... she is going be able to have a lifetime to think about it," said Julius White, who identified himself as Shakespeare's uncle.
The victim's family felt relief after the verdict but wasn't surprised by it.
"It was just greed." said Cynthia Johnson, the victim's cousin. "[Moore] had everything she wanted...and she took his life."
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