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Lottery Winner Murder: Dorice Moore Found Guilty
A woman has been convicted of murdering a lottery winner and then burying his body underneath a concrete slab at her home in central Florida.
Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore showed no emotion as the verdict was read out and the judge sent her to jail for life for shooting dead Abraham Shakespeare, who had won $17m (£10.5m) in 2006.
Prosecutors said Moore befriended him in late 2008, claiming she was writing a book about how people were taking advantage of him.
They claimed Moore later became Mr Shakespeare's financial adviser but eventually controlled every asset he had left, including an expensive home, the debt owed to him and a $1.5 million (£933k) annuity.
"She got every bit of his money," Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner said in closing arguments. "He found out about it and threatened to kill her. She killed him first."
The court was told Moore tried to cover up the 43-year-old's death for almost a year, including sending letters and text messages to his family to make it appear he was still alive.
She also allegedly paid a friend to pretend to be Mr Shakespeare, and then call the dead man's mother to say he was okay, but wanted to be left alone.
Moore claimed she had been trying to help protect the Lakeland lottery winner's assets from a pending child support case when he was killed by drug dealers.
Her lawyer Byron Hileman argued that there were other potential suspects whom prosecutors refused to consider.
"There were a lot of people who owed Mr Shakespeare a lot of money. One guy owed him a million dollars," he said during his closing arguments.
"The police focused on Dee Dee Moore and they didn't even consider other people."
Moore was briefly banned from the courtroom in Tampa on Monday over concerns that she may have threatened jurors.
She was back a short time later for closing arguments but said she did not want to testify in order to protect her family.
Describing her as "cold, calculating and cruel, Judge Emmett Battles told Moore that she was probably the most manipulative person the court had ever seen.
"Abraham Shakespeare was your prey and your victim. Money was the root of the evil you brought to Abraham," he said.
Moore has 30 days to appeal against the sentence.