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Trial halted when Moore clashes with her attorneys

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Prosecutors painted lottery millionaire Abraham Shakespeare as an extremely vulnerable man.

They say he was targeted by Dee Dee Moore, who stole his money and destroyed his relationships.

Thursday, Shakespeare's ex-girlfriend Santoria Butler testified the two had a child together and were a happy couple until Dee Dee Moore tore them apart.

"Dee Dee came along and told him this story that she's got a lawyer she is going to take you for everything you have," she said.

The extent of Shakespeare's vulnerabilities spilled out in the courtroom as Butler described how he could not read or write.

"His verbal skills were minimal compared to how he should speak. I asked him why, and he said he went to school up to a certain grade and stopped, and he went to work in the fields with his dad. So everything he learned he forgot. So if he tried to tell you about somebody deducting money that they owed him he wouldn't say deduct, he would say conduct," Butler said.

Butler also described how Abraham was haunted by his millions.

"People would follow us into Walmart at 3 in the morning , crying. He couldn't turn them down," she testified.

The jury also watched Walmart surveillance video of Dee Dee buying items like duct tape and plastic sheeting.

Prosecutors say she used the materials to dispose of Shakespeare's body.

The trial came to a halt when Moore argued with her attorneys over evidence. She wanted a specific video played to rebut testimony.

The judge had to step in.

"I'm not a mediator and I'm not an advisor I'm the judge," he said.

But Moore continued to dig in her heels and wouldn't budge.

"Ms. Moore, I'm going to tell you once again you need to compose yourself," the judge warned.

But her tears and emotions kept coming, flooding the courtroom. The judge stepped off the bench to give her time to talk to her attorneys, and the trial resumed shortly after that.

Dee Dee Moore wasn't the only one who got a stern warning: The judge scolded a juror about the rules after the juror approached a member of the media during the lunch break.

"If there are any issues that have to do with your attention, ability to hear or anything, I want you to raise those, but raise them with me," he said.

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