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Judge scolds Moore again

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Dee Dee Moore is the star of her own trial, and the judge is furious.

For the second time this week, Judge Emmett Battles abruptly interrupted a witness, excused the jury and scolded Moore.

He says she is using facial expressions to communicate with jurors.

Today, he issued to Moore what he implied was a final warning:

"I have cautioned you throughout these proceedings, that any gestures, facial expressions, audible comments showing approval or disapproval are not acceptable," he said to Moore.

He then told Moore and her attorneys to get a handle on the situation.

"I told you before it's not in your best interest. I've also told you it's not acceptable. I'm warning you, I think I'm going to make it clear for the last time. I want your lawyers to speak to you. If I see these people distracted, not paying attention, your very expressive agreement or disagreement to your effort to communicate from that table rather than from the witness stand, then I'm going to deal with it more affirmatively," Battles said.

The judge's admonitions to Moore were only one part of a day filled with dramatic testimony.

Abraham Shakespeare's mother Elizabeth Walker took the stand and described conversations with Moore where she wasn;t sure if her son was alive or dead.

Walker recalled one phone conversation where the caller said he was her son, but she didn't believe it.

"This man on the phone, he said hello, I said who is this? …I said this doesn't sound like Abraham, not Abraham's voice," Walker said.

Prosecutors say that was part of Moore's effort to cover up Shakespeare's murder. They described Dee Dee Moore as a manipulator, paying off a man to call Mrs. Walker, claiming to be her son and then telling Walker a phony story that her son was ill and had left the state.

"He was going to California, they said he had AIDS," Walker said.

"That's what Moore was telling you?" the attorney asked.

"Yes," Moore replied.

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