Jail: ‘DeeDee’ Moore Lied About Attack By Detention Deputy
TAMPA | The woman accused of killing Lakeland lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare said a Hillsborough County detention deputy attacked her in jail, but a sheriff’s officer said Monday her story was just a ruse.
Dorice Donegan “DeeDee” Moore made up the claim to get rid of an Orient Road Jail deputy she didn’t like, said Col. Jim Previtera, commander of the detention services division.
“The internal affairs investigators were emphatic that the claim was unsubstantiated and that she was a liar,” Previtera said. “Apparently there was an effort by DeeDee Moore and a couple of other inmates to get a deputy – who is very firm and does her job very decisively – out of the pod.”
The deputy ran afoul of Moore by telling her she had too many pens, books and other materials in her living area in the jail.
A search of Moore’s cell, which she shares with another female inmate, found she had cut a slit in her mattress and was hoarding ball-point pens, Previtera said. The search also yielded clothing, papers and other items deemed to be contraband.
On Sunday, the deputy called Moore into a private room in the jail, which is not monitored by video, to discuss what items she would be allowed to keep.
Moore told investigators she entered the room, then the deputy followed and began to kick her after the door was closed.
But when investigators watched videotape showing the door to the room, they saw the deputy enter first, then Moore. The video also showed Moore did not appear distressed when leaving the room after less than 10 minutes, Previtera said.
Investigators determined Moore conspired with two inmates to spread the word that the deputy attacked her.
Shakespeare won a $17 million lump-sum payment from the Florida Lottery in 2006, and investigators have accused Moore of draining him of millions after they met in 2008.
The 43-year-old man’s body was found Jan. 28 buried under a concrete slab behind a house off State Road 60. He had been shot.