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Gruesome details released on Lakeland Lottery winner's murder

12:37 PM, Feb 3, 2010   |    comments
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Hillsborough County, Florida - On Tuesday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested 37-year-old Dorice "Dee Dee" Donegan Moore. With her hands handcuffed behind her back, she seemed calm, dressed casually in blue jeans and flip flops, as she was booked into the Orient Road Jail.

She's facing a serious charge, though, of accessory after the fact/first degree murder in the death of a 43-year-old father and $30 million lottery winner, Abraham Shakespeare.

Moore has said from the very beginning she and Shakespeare were good friends but detectives say that friendship cost him $1.8 million and, ultimately, his life.

Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee says Shakespeare was murdered at a single story ranch style house located at 5732 Highway 60 East in Plant City on April 6 or 7, 2009.

He says Moore arranged for someone to use a backhoe to dig a hole to bury construction debris behind the house, which is where Shakespeare's body was discovered just last week under a concrete slab.

Sheriff Gee says between December 28, 2009 and January 21, 2010, "Dorice Donegan Moore approached an undisclosed witness inquiring of whether he knew of anyone awaiting sentencing to prison who would be willing to admit to the killing of Abraham Shakespeare in exchange for 50,000 dollars in U.S. currency."

Gee says Moore told that person they'd have to do something else, though, in order to get the cash. "That he and the other person would have to dig up the body and move it to another location."

Four days later, detectives say Moore started to set her plan in motion. "She met with an undisclosed witness and provided a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver and told them it was the weapon that had killed Abraham Shakespeare."

Later on that same day, detectives say Moore took that person to the concrete slab and pointed out the location the body was buried. She put a piece of steel bar on the slab to mark the spot and it was agreed that the body would be removed from the grave that night at 8 p.m.

Moore said "she was leaving a white in color Ford F150 pick up truck with an enclosed trailer attached to transport the body." She gave that person the keys to the truck and "showed the contents of the trailer, which she had purchased, that consisted of a galvanized metal trough, bleach gloves and plastic sheeting."

Gee says Moore has admitted to detectives that she also bought lime to cover Shakespeare's body when it was buried.

But the plan wasn't carried out. Acting on a tip, crime scene detectives unearthed Shakespeare's remains last Thursday before they could be moved.

Family and friends were worried sick about Shakespeare, who was missing for nine months. His family filed a missing person's report.

Dee Dee Moore, according to detectives, came up with an elaborate plan to try to calm their fears. Sheriff Gee says Moore, "Wrote a letter to the victim's mother claiming to be the victim and claiming to be alright. Dorice Donegan Moore used the victim's cell phone and sent text messages to the victim's friends and family."

Sheriff Gee wouldn't say who else was involved in Shakespeare's murder but says they are still investigating and they will be making more arrests in this case.

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