Woman Charged in Missing Lottery Winner's Killing

Abraham Shakespeare's body was found buried at the woman's boyfriend's home.

ByABC News
January 29, 2010, 10:52 AM

Feb. 2, 2010— -- The woman whose boyfriend owned the property where missing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare's body was found was arrested today in connection with his killing.

Dorice "DeeDee" Moore, 37, was charged as an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, Hillsborough County, Fla., Sheriff David Gee said.

Earlier today Moore denied she killed Shakespeare.

No one else has been charged, but the sheriff said investigators believed there were others involved in the killing.

"I won't say we have identified all of the players involved," Gee said. "We're going to find out everyone that was involved. We're going to seek justice."

Shakespeare was killed on April 6 or 7, 2009, at the house next door to the property where he was buried, police said today.

Moore allegedly asked an unnamed witness if he knew anyone who was awaiting sentencing to prison and would be willing to take the rap forkilling Shakespeare in exchange for $50,000, The Associated Press reported, citing an arrest affidavit.

She also allegedly told an unnamed witness to dig up Shakespeare's body and move it somewhere else, and showed the person the grave on Jan. 25, the affidavit said.

Shakespeare, 43, from Lakeland, Fla., hasn't been seen since April, even though he wasn't reported missing until November. His disappearance has churned up a cast of characters who, police say, may have been more interested in his money than in his life.

Shakespeare made headlines in 2006 when he won $31 million in the Florida Lottery, only to be sued the next year by a co-worker who alleged that Shakespeare had stolen the winning tickets from him. A jury sided with Shakespeare in October 2007 and he took home a lump sum of $17 million.