Dee Dee Moore's fate is now in the hands of jurors, who got the case late this afternoon without hearing from Moore herself.
When asked this morning by the judge if she would be testifying, she told him "it's not necessary."
It was a question many were wondering as the defense took center stage in the murder trial. Moore told the judge Monday that she spoke with her attorneys, and they advised her not to testify.
"At the advice of my counsel, and you told me to listen to my counsel," she told Judge Emmett Battles.
The judge responded by emphasizing that the decision needed to be made by her. He then asked her if she is making the decision not to testify.
"Yes, your honor," she responded.
The defense presented one piece of evidence and then rested its case. Closing arguments took the better part of the afternoon, and jurors began deliberating at 4:15 p.m.
Earlier Monday, a friend and former jail acquaintance of Moore's was removed from the courtroom gallery, accused of making a statement that could be interpreted as threatening a juror.
"She did not kill that man," said Moore's friend Rose Condora as she stood outside the courtroom. "How do I know that? Because I'm a good judge of people, and I know she wouldn't do something like that … I've read the discovery. I've seen her bank statements. I've seen lots of things. She didn't do it."
It was just the latest drama in the 10-day trial. Moore is accused of the murder of Polk County lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare.
Over the last week and a half, prosecutors have presented their case. On Friday, they rested, saying Moore stole Shakespeare's winnings and murdered him.
Prosecutors played audio from Moore's meeting with a police informant where she asked him to lie about Shakespeare's death. He died in 2007 after winning a $30 million jackpot.
Moore is accused of scamming him out of money, killing him and burying him near a home she owned in Plant City.
She claims she was only trying to help him handle his finances.
Stay with FOX 13 for updates from the courtroom Monday.
Trial halted when Moore clashes with her attorney:
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