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Man: Moore paid me to talk to Shakespeare’s mom

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A key witness took the stand Monday in the dramatic murder trial of Abraham Shakespeare.

Dee Dee Moore is charged with killing the lotto winner and then stealing his millions.

Shakespeare's long-time friend Greg Smith took the stand to testify that Dee Dee Moore paid him to trick Shakespeare's mother and investigators.

Smith says he met Moore through Shakespeare. Shortly after Shakespeare disappeared in April of 2009, he said Moore asked for an unusual favor.

He says she even promised to pay him.

"She asked me to make a call to Abraham's mom and tell Abraham's mother that I was him, that I was Abraham," Smith said.

Last week, Abraham's mother Elizabeth Walker told the jury she knew the call wasn't from her son.

"He didn't sound like Abraham because I knew Abraham's voice," Walker said.

But shortly after Smith made that call, police recruited him to be an informant.

Prosecutors say Moore continued her charade that Abraham chose to disappear on his own. Smith secretly recorded hours of conversations with Moore.

At times, she got a little suspicious, wanting to check him for wires.

Despite the fact the lotto millionaire couldn't read or write, Smith testified that Moore wrote a letter pretending it was from Abraham.

Smith was to place it in the mailbox of Abraham's mother. He read some of it... For the jury..

"I like being missing," Smith said, reading from the letter. "Just not all over the news. I've been through a lot, Mom."

The trial is expected to go to the jury early next week.

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