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Witness: Moore asked for help in moving lottery winner's body

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Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 03:11 AM
TAMPA -

A confidential informant testified Tuesday that Dorice Donegan "Dee Dee" Moore told him where the body of slain Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare was buried and asked for his help in moving the remains.

"She wanted to burn the body," said Gregory Smith, who was working with detectives at the time to help find Shakespeare. "She said to put debris on top then burn it and we'll bury the extra remains somewhere else."

Smith said he played along, telling Moore he needed rope, bleach, three-ply garbage bags and a metal trough to burn the remains. Moore, he said, brought him the items.

"She told me I was in luck," Smith said. He said Moore told him that once he got to the body, there was $67,000 buried in the grave with Shakespeare that the lottery winner had in a pouch or jacket.

Shakespeare was placed in a six-foot deep hole wearing a jacket, a towel around his head, no shoes and with no money, forensic investigators said.

Moore, 40, is on trial on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of Shakespeare, who won a $30 million jackpot in 2006.

Shakespeare, 43, was shot twice in the chest in April 2009 and buried under a nine-inch thick concrete slab on Turkey Creek property owned by Moore and her boyfriend.

The lottery winner's body wasn't found until January 2010.

During the time he was missing, detectives said, Moore tried to convince his relatives that Shakespeare was alive through bogus letters, phone calls and text messages.

In Tuesday's testimony, Smith said Moore brought him a .38-caliber revolver, the weapon detectives said killed Shakespeare. He said Moore wanted him to file the serial number off the gun and get rid of it.

A few days later, she then showed him where Shakespeare was buried, Smith said, and drew a diagram in a notebook explaining to Smith how he had to dig at an angle to get under the concrete slab, then straight down to get to the body.

"She said I would see a white substance—lime," Smith said. "She said lime is what they put on cattle to eat the body."

Since her arrest, Moore has maintained her innocence. Her attorney, Byron Hileman, told the jury last week that Smith, a convicted felon, owed Shakespeare money and framed Moore for the crime.

The details of how investigators discovered the location of Shakespeare's remains came to light Tuesday not only from Smith's testimony, but from more than five hours of audio recordings between Smith and Moore.

During one exchange, Smith and Moore discussed the possibility of finding a person to take the blame in Shakespeare's slaying.

Smith said he knew a man who would do it, but Moore had to meet him in person.

The alleged "fall guy" was really an undercover police officer.


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