Woman Charged With Fla. Lottery Winner's Murder
Charges against DeeDee Moore upgraded
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2010 8:44 PM CST
This undated photo provided by the Polk County Sheriff's Office shows Abraham Shakespeare. His body was found underneath a concrete slab 3 years after he won $30 million in the Florida lottery.   (AP Photo/Polk County Sheriff's Office, File)

(Newser) – A woman who befriended a Florida lottery winner by telling him she wanted to write a book about his life has been charged with his murder. DeeDee Moore was already behind bars, charged with being an accessory after the fact to the murder of Abraham Shakespeare, when the charges against her were upgraded to first-degree murder yesterday, the Tampa Tribune reports.

Moore contacted Shakespeare after he won $30 million in the Florida Lottery in 2006 and became his unofficial financial adviser. His body was found last month buried under a concrete slab behind a home owned by Moore and her boyfriend. Police say Moore—whose various explanations for the killing have involved her 14-year-old-son, her attorney, and Shakespeare's cousin—shifted $1 million from the lottery winner's accounts into hers after his death and used his phone to text relatives to make them believe he was still alive.

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Feb 22, 2010 7:24 PM CST
This is antagonistic of the anti-socialism views. In America, the mind frame of many to get rich is MOSTLY by getting OTHERS money. Whether it's overt (begging, robbery, asking, etc.) or covert (swindler, con man Madoff), usually the idea of actually WORKING for wealth conflicts with the entitlement of be lazy. We can't wait to retire so we won't have to work.
Feb 22, 2010 1:29 PM CST
She must be stupid to think that plan would work.
Feb 20, 2010 7:28 AM CST
This one really gets me. Looks like he had a rough life, then his winnings could have offered him a new life, but he didn't know how. So this blood sucker shows him how. Almost as depressing as the $multi-million winner in Las Vegas who was hit by a drunk driver killing her sister and hurting her so bad she became a quadriplegic.