Prosecutors began laying out their case against Dee Dee Moore on Wednesday, saying greed drove her to kill a Polk County lottery winner three years ago.
She is accused of killing Abraham Shakespeare, and opening arguments in her murder trial have begun.
Prosecutors first focused on timing – how quickly Moore "convinced" Shakespeare to transfer his money into her bank accounts. They say she told him she wanted to write a book about his life before fatally shooting him and burying his body near a home she owned in Plant City.
Prosecutors on Wednesday said Moore quickly began draining Shakespeare's bank accounts, transferring the money into her own bank accounts and selling off some of his assets. By the time it was all over, they said he had nothing left.
Prosecutors say he died alone and without money.
"The evidence will show you that within 60 days of having been divested of everything he owns by Dee Dee Moore, all that's left of Abraham Shakespeare is his decaying body in a grave under a concrete slab behind a house that she bought on Highway 60 near Plant City, Florida," Hillsborough County state attorney Jay Pruner said.
Moore has contended all along that she never killed Shakespeare. She said a drug dealer broke into their home and stole her gun in a safe and killed Shakespeare, then disposing of his body.
Jurors heard from a number of witnesses, including Dee Dee Moore's ex-husband, James Moore.
He said Dee Dee Moore bought a backhoe shortly after Shakespeare disappeared, and she called him over to help her dig a hole, and then fill it in.
Prosecutors asked him if he noticed anything suspicious in the hole, and he said he didn't.
That location is where Shakespeare's body was eventually found.
The defense will layout its opening arguments later Wednesday. There's also a buzz that Moore could testify in court, though that has not been confirmed by the defense team.
Prosecutors are expected to call up Shakespeare's mother and lead investigators early in the trial.
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