Jurors: Woman Who Murdered Fla. Lottery Winner Is 'Evil'

4:57 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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Althea Paul, WTSP-TV 

TAMPA, Florida - A jury has found Dee Dee Moore guilty of first degree murder in the death of lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare. She was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

It took the jury just over three hours to reach their decision. A number of Shakespeare's family members were in the courtroom for the verdict. Some called it a sense of relief.

"I'm just glad justice was served. That's it. He didn't deserve it. That's all I go to say. I'm just glad," said a family member.

Shakespeare was missing for months before his body was found in January 2010. He was buried in the backyard of a Plant City home owned by Moore's ex-boyfriend.

Prosecutors said Moore swindled Shakespeare out of his winnings and killed him, building a case from a confidential informant's statements and financial records.

Moore's defense team, however, claimed she was trying to help protect Shakespeare's assets when he was killed by drug dealers.

The trial was in its third week. On Monday, Moore chose not to take the stand in her own defense, and her defense team's presentation lasted about five minutes.

Judge Emmett Battles had harsh words for Moore right before he sentenced her. "The words that were said here -- 'cold, calculated, cruel' -- they all apply. Manipulative. Probably the most manipulative person this court has seen," said Judge Battles.

Shakespeare's family said they now have some closure.

"Just so glad that it's all over with now. We're going to put the past behind us and go ahead and live on," said Shakespeare's uncle, Joe White.

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