After a 10-day trial filled with drama and outbursts from the mercurial defendant, it did not take long for jurors to convict Dee Dee Moore in the murder of a Polk County lotto winner.
Four hours after closing arguments, the jury found Moore, 40, guilty of killing Abraham Shakespeare. He had won a $30-million lotto jackpot back in 2006 but disappeared in 2009.
Moore showed no emotion as a jury foreman read the verdict. Judge Emmett Battles sentenced her to an additional minimum mandatory 25 years for using a gun in the commission of a felony.
She now has 30 days to appeal. If she decides to, she will be assigned a public defender. The attorney appointed by the court to represent her at trial, Byron Hileman, will no longer represent her.
Moore was sentenced to life in prison.
Investigators found his body buried on Moore's Plant City property in January 2010.
The trial had dragged on longer than expected, largely due to Moore's frequent outbursts. She drew warnings from Judge Emmett Battles for making gestures at jurors, and later complained of an allergic reaction to medication and ankle shackles that were too tight. She also broke down in tears at times and had loud disagreements with her attorney.
Monday morning, a smiling Moore told Judge Battles that she would not be taking the stand in her own defense, explaining, "it's not necessary."
Her defense team then submitted a single piece of evidence before resting.
Since her 2010 arrest, Moore has maintained her innocence. But prosecutors played audio tapes that incriminated Moore and showed Wal-Mart surveillance video of her buying items like duct tape and plastic sheeting.
Shakespeare's longtime friend Greg Smith also took the stand to testify that Moore paid him to try to trick Shakespeare's mother and investigators.
"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.
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