Judge storms out, tells Dee Dee, "You are to STOP!" | Crime
Tampa, Florida -- Once again, there was more drama this morning in the murder trial of Dee Dee Moore in Hillsborough County.
Those observing the controversial first degree murder case surrounding a deceased lottery winner say it wouldn't be Dee Dee without "drama."
This particular headline-making moment lasted only a matter of minutes.
Dee Dee Moore, accused of murdering Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare back in 2009, flashed a smile at Judge Emmett Battles.
Court Papers: Abraham Shakespeare/Dee Dee Moore murder case documents
With a broad grin, she told him she would not take the stand to testify in her own defense.
"I will not testify," Moore said. "It keeps my family safe."
The 40-year-old Plant City woman could spend the rest of her life in prison if convicted of killing Shakespeare, who hit the jackpot in the Florida Lotto to the tune of $30 million. Shakespeare went missing in April 2009, and his body was discovered the following January in 2010.
Moore has always maintained that drug dealers killed the Lotto winner. However, the man's body was found buried under a slab on the property of her Plant City home. Moore was also heard on tape talking with a confidential informant about trying to find someone to take the fall for Shakespeare's death.
The defense's entire case lasted a mere five minutes as Byron Hileman, a public defender from the Regional Conflict Council in Bartow, presented an Excel spreadsheet, outlining several banking transactions. However, he did not go into detail about where the numbers came from or who prepared them.
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Hileman has insisted that the evidence against his client is "circumstantial," that the state had not proven its case, and that his client was, in fact, framed by a man who borrowed cash from Shakespeare and owed him money.
"This was not first degree pre-meditated murder," said Hileman.
Dee Dee Moore has continually broken down, sobbing on a daily basis throughout the trial and has been admonished by the judge numerous times.
During closing arguments, Judge Emmett Battles became visibly irritated once again and reminded Moore, as he has many times during this trial, to "compose yourself."
He said angrily, "You are to stop! Do you understand me?"
He then left the bench.
Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner laid out a detailed closing argument calling Moore's actions, "manipulation" and "calculated." Pruner added that Moore saw Shakespeare as the "cash cow to milk, and milk it she did."
He also called Moore's actions, "financial blitzkrieg," as she "took steps to commit murder."
Pruner told the jury that Abraham Shakespeare was not an intelligent man and was trusting of people, especially Dee Dee Moore.
"He was illiterate. Abraham didn't know an LLC from the NBA," Pruner said.
During the two-week case, the state has painted Moore as a fraud, someone who was a money-hungry con artist who gained Shakespeare's trust by offering to handle his money as she wrote a book about him. Prosecutors say that Moore gunned down Shakespeare and then hid the truth from his relatives, as she pretended that he was alive.
In fact, Moore is accused of not only lying about Shakespeare's whereabouts, but also sending texts to his family, along with letters to make it appear as though he was alive.
However, evidence presented at trial shows that Moore bought a backhoe and asked her ex-husband to dig a hole on her Turkey Creek property, the same hole where Shakespeare's body was found. Shakespeare's body was found with two bullet holes.
Also this morning, there was additional drama as a former inmate who spent time with Moore behind bars made a threat that got back to the judge. Rose Condora, who did time in jail alongside Moore, was in the courtroom today when Judge Battles asked the woman to leave, banning her from coming back.
Condora said she was a friend of Moore's and was simply there to support her. Condora told members of the media that she visits Moore every week after the two struck up a friendship in jail.
Over this past weekend, Condora visited Moore and the two women began talking about a witness, Moore claimed, who lied on the stand. Condora said she was going to do something about it, sources say. That's when the judge got involved.
The judge said that the statements by Condora "can be construed as threats to witnesses."
Condora denies the allegations and said she was just trying to be a friend. However, deputies heard Condora talking and made Judge Battles aware of the situation.
"I spent eight months in jail with that girl," Condora said about Dee Dee Moore. "She's not what people say she is. She did not kill that man. I think she's going home."
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