TAMPA, Fla. - Dee Dee Moore, the woman accused of killing lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare, lost the fight to get jewelry and other possessions back to pay for her defense. They were seized as a part of the criminal case against Moore.
On Monday at a court hearing, Moore demanded that she sheriff’s office give back her jewelry, Rolex, computers and cameras. She said she accumulated these things before she ever knew the deceased $31 million lottery winner, Shakespeare she’s accused of murdering.
“In a bank statement you have, you can see what was bought before Abraham,” Moore said to the judge.
Shakespeare made headlines in the Tampa Bay area when he won a $31 million jackpot. Friends and family say he was generous with the money, paying for homes, cars and even food for other people. Then he met Moore, who prosecutors say befriended Shakespeare and persuaded him to buy her a home and other gifts. She is then accused of killing him and burying him underneath a slab of concrete behind her home in 2010.
While in court, Moore denied that his money had anything to do with her most valuable possessions. She said the seven businesses she had before ever meeting the victim funded them instead. She also requested business records, which she says she’ll need for court.
“It’s stuff that will help me in my criminal trial that they’re withholding, and stuff that I need, because they’ve lied so much it hurts,” Moore said.
In the end, the judge denied her requests, saying the items were lawfully taken.