Moore won’t face death penalty in Shakespeare case

November 11th, 2010 by Staff

TAMPA – Prosecutors won’t seek the death penalty for Dorice Donegan “Dee Dee” Moore, who is charged in the death of lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare.

Assistant State Attorney Jay Pruner announced the decision today at a hearing for Moore. He didn’t elaborate on the decision to Hillsborough Circuit Judge Daniel H. Sleet or to reporters afterward.

Moore, 38, is charged with first-degree murder and illegal wiretapping in the slaying of Shakespeare, the Lakeland man who won a $30 million jackpot in November 2006.

The hearing was called to schedule the release of additional pretrial information, known as discovery.

Sleet had given defense attorneys 30 days to review the material before deciding what they will seek to keep from being made public. The information typically becomes public when prosecutors hand it to the defense.

Stephen Fisher, Moore’s court-appointed attorney, said he is still reviewing 61 computer discs that contain mainly surveillance video. There are also recorded statements by Moore and other witnesses and several hundred pages of bank records.

Fisher said he should have his list ready by Monday.

Sleet set a Dec. 16 hearing on any challenges to Fisher’s list. Media outlets, including The Tampa Tribune, WFLA, Channel 8, and TBO.com, have opposed delaying the release of the information.

Fisher and Pruner said it would take four to five days to redact the remaining information before releasing it.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers already have released about 4,500 pages of law enforcement reports and other documents.

Fisher was appointed to represent Moore after she said she had only $100 in the bank, despite prosecutors’ claims she siphoned $3.5 million of Shakespeare’s lottery winnings.

Moore has been held without bail since her arrest Feb. 2, initially on a charge of being an accessory after the fact to Shakespeare’s slaying. A grand jury indicted her in the homicide in March.

Authorities said Shakespeare, 43, was shot twice in the chest in April 2009 and buried under a concrete slab on a Turkey Creek property, which records showed as being owned by Moore’s boyfriend.

His body was found in January.


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