Florida Lottery winner killed
The woman whose boyfriend owned the property where missing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare's body was found was arrested today in connection with his killing.
Dorice "DeeDee" Moore, 37, was charged as an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, Hillsborough County, Fla., Sheriff David Gee said.
Earlier today Moore denied she killed Shakespeare.
No one else has been charged, but the sheriff said investigators believed there were others involved in the killing.
"I won't say we have identified all of the players involved, " Gee said. "We're going to find out everyone that was involved. We're going to seek justice."
Shakespeare was killed on April 6 or 7, 2009, at the house next door to the property where he was buried, police said today.
Moore allegedly asked an unnamed witness if he knew anyone who was awaiting sentencing to prison and would be willing to take the rap for killing Shakespeare in exchange for $50, 000, The Associated Press reported, citing an arrest affidavit.
She also allegedly told an unnamed witness to dig up Shakespeare's body and move it somewhere else, and showed the person the grave on Jan. 25, the affidavit said.Shakespeare made headlines in 2006 when he won $31 million in the Florida Lottery, only to be sued the next year by a co-worker who alleged that Shakespeare had stolen the winning tickets from him. A jury sided with Shakespeare in October 2007 and he took home a lump sum of $17 million.
Shakespeare's Remains Found Under Concrete Slab
His remains were found Jan. 28, after days of digging in the woods on a rural property in Plant City, Fla., and after heavy equipment had been brought in to break through a large piece of concrete. An autopsy on Jan. 29 confirmed that the body was that of Shakespeare. The identity was determined through fingerprints, the sheriff's office said.
"There had been a 30-foot-by-30-foot concrete slab that had been poured, " said Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter. "The human remains had been found about five feet under the concrete."
At the time, authorities would not say where the tip came from or even when it came in. Public records show the property off Highway 60 is owned by Shar Krasniqi, the man Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has identified as the boyfriend of Moore.
Moore's business, American Medical Professionals, is listed in Krasniqi's name.
Carter declined to comment on what exactly was found in the grave, only that it was clear the body had been there for a while.
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