US woman found guilty of murder in lottery death
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A woman was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the slaying of a lottery winner in central Florida and was sentenced to mandatory life without parole by a judge who called her "cold, calculating and cruel".
Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore showed no emotion as the verdict was read. Judge Emmett Battles sentenced her to an additional minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years for using a gun in the commission of a felony. Moore has 30 days to appeal.
"I can sleep good at night because I know I had done the very best job," said defense attorney Byron Hileman. "I feel sad for the victim. I feel sad for their families. I feel sad for the defendant because these types of cases are no-win situations."
Jurors deliberated for more than three hours before finding Moore guilty of the first-degree murder charge prosecutors had lodged against her in the death of Abraham Shakespeare, who won millions in 2006. Shakespeare's mother was in the courtroom, but showed no emotion.
"She got every bit of his money," said Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner in closing arguments. "He found out about it and threatened to kill her. She killed him first."
Hileman argued that there were other potential suspects whom prosecutors refused to consider.
"There were a lot of people who owed Mr. Shakespeare a lot of money. One guy owed him a million dollars," he said during his closing arguments. "The police focused on Dee Dee Moore and they didn't even consider other people."
Pruner could not be reached for comment immediately.
Battles instructed the jury that it could convict the 40-year-old Moore of a lesser charge. Following the verdict, he called Moore "the most manipulative person" he had ever seen, describing her as "cold, calculating and cruel."
Prosecutors built much of their case from confidential informant's statements and financial records.