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
Woman Charged With Fla. Lottery Winner's Murder
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)

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.
(More Abraham Shakespeare stories.)

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