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Florida Lotto Winner Killed for His Money
Aired November 29, 2012 - 20:00 ET
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NANCY GRACE, HOST: Breaking news tonight, Lakeland, Florida. Abraham Shakespeare went from washing dishes and working garbage trucks to the good life when he walked into a Florida mini-mart and bought a quick pick ticket that won him $17 million. And he thought he had it made, that all of his problems were over. But then he meets 40-year-old Dee Dee Moore.
Bombshell tonight. After she takes over as his, quote, "money manager," he goes missing for months, sending sporadic texts, a phone call, even a typed letter to his mother back home. Dee Dee Moore claims Abe was just laying low to avoid hometown mooches hitting him up for money.
But then, based on a tip, cops find Abe, dishwasher turned multi- millionaire, buried six feet under a concrete slab. Tonight, we unravel the mystery.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hey, Dee Dee, they`re calling you a murderer. Are you a murderer?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Accused of swindling a jackpot winner out of millions before shooting him in cold blood.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: God knows, I would never take another human being`s life!
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Abraham Shakespeare`s remains were unearthed five feet below concrete.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There`s this surveillance video from a Florida Walmart, where police say she`s rushing to buy large amounts of duct tape, trash bags and plastic sheeting.
GRACE: When`s the last time you bought duct tape and sheet metal at the Walmart?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Recorded interviews with detectives, interviews where Moore constantly changes her story.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you kill him?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Absolutely not.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are you innocent?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That is Dee Dee`s tears begin to flow.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Moore did break down and started crying as the prosecution was speaking.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was revealed Moore has told detectives an unnamed drug dealer using her gun fatally shot Shakespeare at her home.
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GRACE: Good evening. I`m Nancy Grace. I want to thank you for being with us. Bombshell tonight. To Lakeland, Florida. Abraham Shakespeare went from washing dishes to the good life when he walked into a Florida convenience store and bought a quick pick ticket, a ticket that won him $17 million.
He thought his problems were over, but then he meets Dee Dee Moore. After she takes over as his money manager, he goes missing for months.
Joining me live on the scene, Bill Logan, reporter with CNN affiliate WFTS. How did he get tangled up with Dee Dee Moore?
BILL LOGAN, WFTS CORRESPONDENT: I guess the initial thing is that Dee Dee said she wanted to write a life story or a book about him, kind of a rags to riches story. And then she said out of the goodness of her heart, she wanted to help him take care of his money.
GRACE: The goodness of her heart. All right. So what, she approaches him, Bill Logan, and says, Let me help you? Did they know each other before he bought that quick pick ticket?
LOGAN: Not that we know of, not that anybody here can ascertain. And if that does happen or happened to be the case, it`ll certainly come out in the court proceedings that are scheduled to start, starting today.
GRACE: You know, Bill Logan, this is quite a tangled web. And oh, what a tangled web we weave when at first we practice to deceive. Pardon the pun, the use of Shakespeare in this case. But Bill Logan, it gets crazier and crazier because after Dee Dee Moore starts managing his money, he goes missing. He goes off the radar. Nobody can find him for months on end.
What is her story about where Abraham is during that time?
LOGAN: The story about where Abraham was during that time is contained in text messages and other messages that family members of Mr. Shakespeare received, purportedly messages that were typed in and texted by Dee Dee to kind of throw them off the trail after he was killed in April of 2009.
GRACE: Wow. So his family thinks they`re getting text messages from him. They think that they get a letter to his mother delivered to the mailbox from him. In fact, isn`t it true, Bill Logan with WFTS, joining me on the scene tonight -- isn`t true, Bill, that his mother is sitting at a restaurant with the money manager, Dee Dee Moore, and she gets a phone call and that phone call is from her son, Abraham Shakespeare, the lotto winner. And he talks to her on the phone.
But there`s one little problem. The mother doesn`t recognize Abraham`s voice. Is that correct?
LOGAN: That`s what we`re hearing. I wasn`t at that particular meeting. I did not hear that conversation. But yes, that`s one of the anecdotal stories that we`re hearing in this whole case of her trying to...
GRACE: Bill Logan...
LOGAN: ... throw the relatives off the case and try and let them know that he`s still alive.
GRACE: Bill Logan, do you have children?
LOGAN: Yes, I do.
GRACE: It will be a cold day in H-E-L-L that I don`t recognize the voice of John David or Lucy, all right? I`m just putting that out there. I know that`s not admissible in court. But when a mother hears her son, her adult son on the phone -- he`s been gone, laying low because everybody`s got their hand out trying to get his millions. So he goes out of town and hides, all right? I get it.
She finally talks to her son, and she doesn`t recognize his voice? But then she gets a typed letter.
LOGAN: Yes, that would be the first clue.
GRACE: Yes. She gets a typed letter. And what does the letter say?
LOGAN: I`m not sure. I have not seen that letter. Again, that`s going to something that comes out in the court proceedings. It`s going to be something that is part of this mountain of circumstantial evidence that`s going to have to be piece by piece by piece meted out during this court proceeding...
GRACE: Well, Bill Logan...
LOGAN: ... to try and get Dee Dee Moore...
GRACE: Let me tell you...
LOGAN: ... to stay behind bars.
GRACE: ... my sources are telling me that the letter actually says to the mother, Hey, I can`t believe you didn`t recognize my voice. And interesting, that letter was typed. It wasn`t handwritten. So we don`t have a handwriting comparison.
All right, where did we finally find Abraham Shakespeare, the $17 million lottery winner?
LOGAN: He was under about five feet of concrete in a piece of property in Plant City, which is about 20 miles east of here and Tampa, about halfway between Lakeland, where he lived, and here in Tampa, Florida. And it was a piece of property that was owned by a boyfriend of Dee Dee Moore. So the plot tends to thicken a lot there.
GRACE: You know, Bill Logan, it is heart-breaking really because at a time when everybody is just trying to make a living, trying to get a job, trying to hold onto a job, worried about how you`re going to send your children to school, how you`re going to make ends meet. And this guy, who`s been basically washing dishes and working garbage trucks, trying to make a living, hits the lottery. He hits the lottery. He hits it big only to end up six feet under a cement slab.
Now, what was his cause of death, Bill Logan?
LOGAN: At this point, they are saying it was upper body trauma. That`s the police euphemism for gunshot wounds to the upper body. And there was a .38-caliber weapon found. It was a weapon that belonged to Dee Dee Moore. She did identify it, and she says she was present when he was killed but says she did not do it.
GRACE: Well, Bill Logan, isn`t it true that she`s given, like, four different versions of what she knows, including that her 14-year-old son killed Abraham, that a drug dealer killed Abraham -- I guess that`s the same dope dealer that killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Laci Peterson -- that his own lawyer...
GRACE: Gets around here in Florida, yes.
GRACE: Yes, his own lawyer killed him, and that she pulled the trigger in self-defense. She`s given quite a few stories, has she not.
LOGAN: She has given quite a few stories, and those have been to the investigators. Those have been in that time leading up to this trial. So once it goes to trial, this jury is going to get to hear one story. And at this point, we`re not sure which one that`s going to be.
GRACE: You know what`s interesting, Bill Logan, is that Dee Dee Moore had a very -- my goodness! She certainly had a makeover for trial! What happened to that blond head of hair? She had a very lucrative job...
LOGAN: You know, when you`re in jail, you don`t really have that access to the, you know, hair products that you would on the outside, so she`s gone back to a more normal color. She`s still got that, you know, very wavy hair.
GRACE: But you know what`s interesting, Matt Zarrell, she had a very -- oh, my, a glamour shot! She had a very, very lucrative job in the medical field. I believe she was, like, a head hunter or a job placement person for nurses, which are in very high demand right now. She was pulling down about $200,000 a year all on her own. So what`s her motive?
MATT ZARRELL, NANCY GRACE PRODUCER: Well, Nancy, prosecutors are saying that what happened was is that she got involved with Abraham Shakespeare, initially saying she wanted to write a book for him, even though she has no writing experience whatsoever. And during that time, she siphoned off over $3 million into accounts that she controlled and used that money to go on, reportedly, a shopping spree at Gucci and a number of other items, including a luxury car for her boyfriend.
GRACE: And now to you, Willie Gary. You represented Abraham when somebody sued him to try to get his money that he won. It just hurts me because this guy wasn`t laying around on the sofa, eating chips, waiting for us to support him. He was out working. He was riding a garbage truck. He was washing dishes. He was doing everything he could to make ends meet. And when he finally hits money, everybody was just like leeches on him, including this woman, Dee Dee Moore.
What was he like, Willie Gary? I mean, you represented him, successfully, I might add -- Willie joining me out of Miami, a very successful trial lawyer there. What was he like as a person?
WILLIE GARY, FORMER ATTORNEY FOR VICTIM: Nancy, he was one of the best people you`d ever want to meet. He`d give you the shirt off of his back. And it doesn`t surprise me that he just got into this position to be taken advantage of because he believed in people.
I mean, he gave money to people he didn`t know, if he thought they were losing a home or they were in deep financial trouble. He gave money to families that didn`t have money to buy toys for the kids for Christmas or Thanksgiving dinners. That was -- Abraham was just like that. He was just a nice guy.
And as a matter of fact, it was his friend, a co-worker, that sued him trying to claim that the tickets were not Abraham`s but were the friend`s tickets, the co-worker`s tickets. And we tried that case in Polk County, and Abraham got...
GRACE: And you won.
GARY: ... a favorable verdict. Right. But he was just a great guy, and I -- you know...
GRACE: It just hurts me. And I got to tell you something. What hurts me is it reminds me -- his disposition reminds me a little bit of my father, you know, who would get up at 5:00 o`clock in the morning and go work on the railroad...
GRACE: ... all kind of crazy hours, crazy, crazy hours, to try to make ends meet, and my mom up, leaving the house at 7:00 o`clock in the morning to drive 30 miles to get to work...
GARY: Right. Right.
GRACE: ... their whole lives. And then come along, all these people just sucking him dry. Were you surprised when you heard Abraham is dead, six feet under a cement slab?
GARY: Yes. Well, you know, you never want to hear anything like that. But I knew he was the kind of guy that he was so free-hearted. He would open up to people. He trusted people. He trusted people that he shouldn`t have trusted. But that was just the nature of Abraham.
He didn`t catch amnesia after he came into some money, even though, like you said, he worked on garbage trucks, delivery trucks. And as a matter of fact, he even worked after he won the lottery with the same company. So he was the kind of guy that would reach out to people.
And it`s just -- it`s not surprising that he got in a position that someone could take advantage of him because he was just good-hearted.
GRACE: We are taking your calls. A $17 million quick pick lottery winner -- he goes missing after tons of people approach him with their hand out, trying to get the millions that he won. He goes off the radar, so to speak. But then texts emerge, a typed letter to his mother, even a phone call suggesting he`s alive.
Well, Abraham Shakespeare is found, all right, six feet under a cement slab. And at the center of this controversy, the kind-hearted friend who helped him, money manager Dee Dee Moore. Here she is.
We are taking your calls. I want to go out to you again. Dave Mack, how did suspicion turn on her?
DAVE MACK, WAAX CLEAR CHANNEL: Because the police actually got a good -- once they realized the family knew he was not -- he wasn`t communicating in a normal way, they were able to talk to Dee Dee Moore. And she was her own worst enemy. And as a matter of fact, Nancy, on a network television show, she revealed that she was not the type of person that would have shot the man. And at that point, police had never mentioned about the gunshot wounds.
GRACE: Unleash the lawyers, Kirby Clements and Randy Zelin. All right, first to you, Randy Zelin. What evidence do you think they`ve got that they can get into the jury room? What can they actually present to the jury? And what`s the defense?
RANDY ZELIN, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: It doesn`t seem right now that there`s a lot of that. And quite frankly, from everything that we`ve talked about, perhaps the prosecution can convict this woman of stealing and being a swindler, but not of the homicide.
There is a lack of physical evidence which links her. There is a lack of -- there`s no audio, there`s no surveillance. There really isn`t even a confession. She may be a whack-job and that may be a great appeal issue, whether or not she`s actually competent. But from the standpoint of evidence that can go into the jury room, convicting this woman of homicide? Being a thief maybe. Homicide, I don`t see it.
GRACE: OK, Randy Zelin, there she is at Walmart buying duct tape, sheet metal. When`s the last time you trotted over to Walmart to buy duct tape and sheet metal, Zelin?
ZELIN: Well, I have to tell you, Nancy, we have seen a couple cases where people have bought garbage bags and duct tape. And last time I checked, garbage bags have a perfectly legitimate use. Duct tape has a perfectly legitimate use. So merely because she`s at Walmart buying this stuff, open and notoriously...
GRACE: Straight out to CNN affiliate WFTS`s Bill Logan. Bill Logan, what is some of the evidence the state plans to bring on against Dee Dee Moore?
LOGAN: It`s a whole host of items, I mean, from those texts to the actual location where the body was found, incriminating voicemails, all sorts of things that is going to have to build this circumstantial case. It is going to be piece by piece, brick by brick, mortar by mortar that they`re going to have to bring this whole thing out to the jury. It`s going to be a long process.
GRACE: Tell me about the jury.
LOGAN: We have eight men, four women. It was a very long process to get that jury selected yesterday. They went 12 hours on Tuesday, after a full day Monday. So the jury is in place and they`re hearing the opening arguments and the trial is beginning right now.
GRACE: You know, so much controversy has surrounded this case. What is Dee Dee Moore`s story about where Shakespeare was all those months? And why did he disappear, Bill Logan?
LOGAN: Those are the stories that we`ve heard many different variations on. And it`s going to be very interesting to hear what she says in court. There has been some discussion that she`s even going to disregard the advice of her attorney and take the stand so that she can tell her story. Which story that is, we don`t know.
GRACE: Well, that`s the kiss of death, to take the stand and tell your own story, because she`s apparently given several stories.
Bill Logan, is it true that a lot of people approached Abraham Shakespeare for money, for handouts after he won the lottery?
LOGAN: That`s his story. And he has been interviewed numerous times saying that he would just like to be able to walk down the street without having people come up with their hand out. That`s not an atypical story for a lotto winner or someone who comes into a great deal of cash. But his story just especially tragic because the one person who got her hooks into him for the most money is now charged with his death.
GRACE: Who was asking for money, and how much money did they want? Is it true he paid off his mom`s house note and several relatives` house notes?
LOGAN: Several mortgages were paid off through the estate of Abraham Shakespeare before his money started being managed by Dee Dee. After that, there was not so much of his money available to him.
GRACE: Everybody, we are taking your call. And with me there at the courthouse in Tampa, Florida, Bill Logan from WFTS.
So Bill, everywhere he would go, people would come up to him and ask for money. I`m talking about big sums of money to pay off mortgages. (INAUDIBLE) like $250,000, $50,000 here. He bought people cars because these were his friends, his relatives that would come up and want money, and he was so kind-hearted, he just couldn`t say no.
LOGAN: A kind-hearted guy that was very much generous with his winnings and very compassionate to the people who did come up with a story of woe or a tale of some sort of problem that befell them, especially if they were relatives or people he knew.
It doesn`t appear that he knew Dee Dee Moore up until she approached him in 2008 with that offer to write a book. Again, she had no writing experience. But she wanted to get close to this big-time winner.
GRACE: Hey, Bill -- Bill, how does she work her magic on men? Because didn`t she convince her ex-husband to come dig a hole to bury the body?
LOGAN: That`s one of those things that is a mystery wrapped in a conundrum. How Dee Dee Moore works her charms, what charms they are, I have not been privy to personally. But obviously, she has been able to get men to do things she wants them to do.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is the stuff of dreams.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Abe Shakespeare...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Walked into this Florida mini-mart and bought the quick pick ticket that won him $17 million.
GRACE: And then he runs into Dee Dee Moore.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: A woman who met Shakespeare and wound up owning his million-dollar properties the same month he disappeared.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I have people coming up, asking for money.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The manner of death of Abraham Shakespeare was homicidal violence.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Those cliches, money can`t buy you happiness -- there`s some truth to them.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How did Shakespeare die?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (INAUDIBLE) missing.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Do you want to shut the cameras off now?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Dee Dee says Shakespeare hired her to help with his lotto winnings.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Suddenly your life changing, all your bills are paid. You think everything is going to be great. And then he runs into Dee Dee Moore.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The sheriff`s department found Shakespeare`s body at her boyfriend`s house, buried under a concrete slab.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They`re saying that I took a gun, put it up and killed another human being. And I would never, ever, ever do that.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In an emotional interview, Dee Dee Moore laid it all out there for the TV crews gathered around her pickup truck.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I would never take another human being`s life. So if I can live with that, then I can live with anything.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The medical examiner positively identified Abraham Shakespeare`s remains were unearthed five feet below concrete at 5802 State Road 60. The person of interest in this case is Dee Dee Moore, a woman who met Shakespeare in January 2009 and wound up owning his million-dollar properties the same month he disappeared. Butler said Moore paid her first and last month rent on this home. And then bought her this white Crown Victoria to get the young mother with the new baby on her feet.
But in November, Butler said Moore asked her for a favor in exchange for a $200,000 home. The idea had Butler wondering if Shakespeare was missing or murdered.
GRACE: With the Powerball reaching $500 million, this is a cautionary tale that the love of money is the root of all evil.
Abraham Shakespeare was a dishwasher. He rode a garbage truck trying to make ends meet, and finally he hit it big. After buying a Quick Pick ticket at a convenience store there in Florida, he thought his problems were over. But everywhere he went, he saw a handout, a handout for money. Friends, relatives, got their homes paid off. Got new cars. You name it. And then he goes missing. He drops off the radar. Why? He says he just wants to live a peaceful life. He tells people that to their face.
But relatives become concerned when months go by. But then they began getting text messages. Even a typed letter from him. A phone call saying he is alive and well, and just don`t worry. But then he is found. He is found, all right. Six feet under a cement slab. Out to you, Bill Logan. Joining me at the scene. WFTS. What`s the latest?
LOGAN: At this point, the jury has been selected. It took them all day. And it is eight men and four women. That`s the jury pool at this point.
GRACE: We are taking your calls. Out to Jack in Florida. Hi, Jack, what`s your question?
CALLER: Hi there, Nancy. I have a quick comment and then a question. I have some familiarity with the lottery because at one point I won $100,000 on Play Four (ph).
GRACE: On what?
CALLER: $100,000 playing a game called Play Four. Four numbers in the right order. And no one ever --
GRACE: Just out of curiosity, what numbers did you play?
CALLER: Well, believe it or not, I had forgotten what number. It could have been 1931, which is a number that is personal to me.
The point is that no one ever asked me for a dime, although I gave some of that money away. But my question is, I wonder if anybody has tracked her financial situation in terms of money that she was using, and if there is a trail of money that she used besides taking over his house.
GRACE: Good question, good question. To Dave Mack. What did she do if anything with the money she was, quote, managing for him?
MACK: You know, she took total advantage of him. By the time Dee Dee Moore got involved, he was down to about $3.5 million in cash and real estate assets. That she then was able to get transferred into her name through her nursing staffing company. And on top of that, she actually made some transfer purchases, where she paid about 5 cents on the dollar. She bled him dry. But all of it is trackable. The police have all the documents and they`ve tied all of it to her banking accounts through her nursing staffing company.
GRACE: That on top of the black Corvette for her then boyfriend. And a $3,000 shopping spree at Gucci. Joining me right now is a special guest. Michael Boone is with us, a financial planner to lottery winners, and also with me, Willie Gary, who actually represented Abraham Shakespeare in a lawsuit where somebody tried to sue him over the lottery winnings, and Shakespeare won, thanks to Willie Gary.
First to you, Michael Boone, financial planner to lottery winners. Why is it, I guess it is just human nature. When somebody wins the lottery, they get besieged by requests for money?
MICHAEL BOONE, FINANCIAL PLANNER TO LOTTERY WINNERS: You know, Nancy, I think you hit it with your quote there of your buddy Tim (ph). The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. When people see those large dollar signs, crazy things start to happen. And as you know, lottery winners are by and large publicized. That`s part of the deal you make with most lotteries, that if you win it, you have got to be part of their marketing campaign, so everybody knows what you have, and that includes everything from relatives to second cousins to people you don`t know to even the charities. And the pressure can be unbelievable.
GRACE: You know, Michael Boone, are you telling me that Abraham`s story is not uncommon? You counsel lottery winners. And everybody came up to him. He paid off, I don`t know how many homes for his mom, for relatives. He bought cars for friends. Out of, you know, not necessarily about the mother, because I understand that. But some misplaced sense of loyalty. That happens all the time, doesn`t it?
BOONE: Oh, it is the rule. It`s not the exception. Clearly we`ve heard story after story of this happening. It is not just lottery winners. You`re talking about professional athletes. Anybody comes into a large sum of money. Particularly if they`re young, if they are immature, if they haven`t handled money before. They`re complete marks for the worst elements in society.
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GRACE: A frantic, hysterical 911 call was placed to police. And on the phone was the older brother, 21-year-old Lyle. Screaming. Three times Lyle called out for his younger brother, Eric, and you could hear Eric in the background crying and screaming about his parents dead. They were both convicted in the murders of their parents. It`s a bizarre story that seems to be never ending. It`s an ongoing story with Eric and Lyle Menendez.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Dee Dee, they are calling you a murderer? Are you a murderer?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Dee Dee said she approached Abraham Shakespeare because she was writing a book about money. Dee Dee said Shakespeare hired her to help with his lotto winnings.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The money was like a curse to him. And now it`s become a curse to me.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The person of interest in this case is Dee Dee Moore. A woman who met Shakespeare and wound up owning his million-dollar properties.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Did you kill him?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No. Absolutely not.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Dee Dee made it clear she knows more than she can say, and she is scared.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Let the investigators do their job, and they`ll bring justice to the right person.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She took extreme, calculated steps to avoid detection, apprehension, and the truth.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Then as Dee Dee`s tears began to flow, her defense attorney countered that it`s all just circumstantial.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think you will see from the evidence, little or no hard evidence, that is direct evidence, to prove this charge of murder against Ms. Moore.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The testimony began with Moore`s former husband taking the stand, talking about he dug, then covered a huge hole in his ex`s backyard along Highway 60 near Plant City.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you pay attention to what was in the hole before you filled it?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, sir.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK. Did you see any debris in there that you recall?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As far as I remember, there was, but I`m not positive.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you see, do you recall seeing a body in there?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, sir.
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GRACE: What happened to Abraham Shakespeare, lottery winner? We`re taking your calls. Ryan in Alabama. Hi, Ryan, what`s your question?
CALLER: Hey, Nancy. I think I heard you say the body was found under the friend`s, ex-husband`s house. Has he been cleared? Because you know, Nancy, I`m happily married, but if my ex-wife was hanging out with a millionaire, I would probably be pretty jealous.
GRACE: Good question, good question. Out to you, Matt, what do we know?
ZARRELL: The body was found on Moore`s property and it was dug, the hole was dug unknowingly by the ex-husband who dug the hole. He said he had dug holes before for her for concrete and trash, so he didn`t think anything of it. Dug a hole about six feet deep. Left. Came back an hour or two later and filled the hole. He said it was dark so he could not see if there was a body down there.
GRACE: We also know that the ex-husband, as you pointed out, Matt Zarrell, had dug deep holes for her before on this wooded property, and she dumped trash in there and covered it up. He had done that before. Also, he completely cooperated with police and he passed a polygraph. He said when she called him back out there to cover up the hole, it was at night. It was starting to get dark. And he looked down in there and he thought he saw trash and some cement. And he didn`t think anything about it. He covered the hole and that was that. He has been cleared.
Out to you, Ryan in Alabama. And I hope he was not jealous over Dee Dee Moore. Out to you, Eugene, Georgia. Hi, Eugene. What`s your question?
CALLER: Hey, Nancy, how are you doing?
CALLER: What`s the problem with lottery winners? They always seem to have very tragic ends. It would seem in this case, that why don`t lottery officials have some kind of counseling that happens before these people get these vast sums of money and sort of wreck their lives and wreck everybody else around them?
GRACE: Eugene, it sounds to me like that`s a case of would have, could have, should have, and you`re absolutely right. You know, how many times, and I`m going to go to you, Michael Boone. Joining me out of Seattle for Eugene`s question. You`re a financial planner to millionaire lottery winners. We always hear about how their lives end in tragedy. Why isn`t there counseling? I mean, they`ve got people like you, financial planners, but what about them?
BOONE: Yes, good question. I don`t really know why the states haven`t chosen to do that. It is important to keep in mind that the research shows that a little more than half the people actually are happier a few years later. So it should be -- you would think it would be 95 percent. But it is only about a little better than half.
The problem is that the people that you hear about in the news are not the people who are doing great. Not the people who are taking care of charities and their family and investing wisely and passing it to the next generation. It is the people who end up in the news because of the big huge problems that they have in their life. So it is not everybody that this happens to.
GRACE: To Kirby Clements and Randy Zelin, defense attorneys out of Atlanta and New York. Kirby, what`s your defense? His body is on property connected to her. She asked her ex to come dig a hole and cover it up, and now she`s given four stories about how Abraham died.
KIRBY CLEMENTS, ATTORNEY: Well, you know, Nancy, of all those four stories she gave, never once did she say I shot him. That`s first.
GRACE: She did say she shot him in self-defense. Hello.
CLEMENTS: I`m sorry. That did come out. I do apologize. But let`s also point out this. What was her motive? She was already bleeding the guy dry. You don`t kill the goose that lays the golden egg. You keep eating the eggs. So why would she kill him? Just to do what? That makes no sense. So I would suggest to you that at this point, they have a circumstantial case that says she knows something about this murder but not that she is actually guilty of this murder.
GRACE: To special guest Susan Constantine, jury consultant, body language expert. What do you make of her body language? The judge has already told her in court, hey, hey, hey, hey, quit trying to communicate with the jurors by nodding and smiling. Hey, men on the jury, don`t start looking at her smiling at you. You better hold on to your wallet.
SUSAN CONSTANTINE, JURY CONSULTANT: Yes. You know, first of all, it is very inappropriate. And remember in the Casey Anthony trial that (inaudible) actually had one of the gentlemen in the galley that was arrested for making gestures with her face. But here, this is what we`re looking at. This inappropriate smiling, laughter. The lack of emotional control here. She thinks that she is building rapport with that jury. But on the other hand, she forgets, she is in there being held for murder of this gentleman.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Sheriff`s department found Shakespeare`s body at her boyfriend`s house, buried under a concrete slab.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Are you innocent?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Dee Dee Moore didn`t like what she heard during opening statements. Prosecutor Jay Pruner (ph) paints Moore as a cold- blooded killer who took advantage of lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This defendant took very calculated, deliberate steps to distract law enforcement from the truth.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Pruner says within months of meeting Shakespeare, Moore had taken control of his money.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The evidence will show that Abraham Shakespeare was not sophisticated in business or finance, and he was actually functionally illiterate.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He ended up buried under a concrete slab on a Plant City property owned by Moore. Authorities found his remains. Remains Pruner says Moore tried to hide for months. Moore`s attorney Byron Heilman (ph) says the evidence against his client is circumstantial.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There are no eyewitnesses who can testify that Ms. Moore shot and killed Mr. Shakespeare.
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GRACE: So who murdered the lottery winner? Steve Martin, special guest out of Tampa, represents Abraham Shakespeare`s estate. Steve, thank you for being with us. What do you know about Dee Dee Moore? And how much had his estate, his money been depleted? Where did it all go?
STEVE MARTIN, ATTORNEY: Well, we`ve been able to trace every dime. One of your callers earlier asked whether that had happened. We`ve traced every -- starting from December 2008 forward.
December 2008, she was able to take almost a quarter of a million dollars, deposit it into a personal checking account of his, and then first business day of January `09, it was transferred to a nursing contracting business she had called American Medical Professionals LLC. As you mentioned, it was a legitimate business, and she was able to make a decent living from it. And if she had simply worked at it rather than abandoning her business to chase Mr. Shakespeare, financially she`d have been OK. But apparently she had dreams of glory and some inflated sense of who she was and her own importance.
There are other crimes going back to the year 2000 that indicate some totally unrealistic views she had of herself.
But we were able to -- perhaps she didn`t understand that when you put money in a bank and then make transactions, it leaves footprints.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: How did Shakespeare die? Shot in the head according to Dee Dee Moore.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They already discussed everything with me.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: What`d they say?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She at no point either admits or implies that she killed Mr. Shakespeare or had any part in helping anyone else to do so.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Moore has told detectives an unnamed drug dealer using her gun fatally shot Shakespeare at her home.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That Ronald and the drug dealer got into an argument, and that Abraham pulled out a gun and tried to fire it, but it dry fired. Nothing went off. And then this unknown drug dealer pulled -- reached into the safe, pulled her gun out of the safe, used her gun to shoot Abraham Shakespeare.
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GRACE: He goes from being a dishwasher to the lottery winner, and his life was turned upside down. He thought all of his problems were over until he got hooked up with this one. Dee Dee Moore. Out to the lines. Josh, New York. Hi, what`s your question?
CALLER: Yes. Isn`t surveillance video of her buying duct tape and trash bags, isn`t that enough to kind of seal her fate? It just seems like enough evidence to convict her to me.
GRACE: Josh in New York, you are preaching to the choir. Dr. Bill Manion, medical examiner, joining me out of Philly. Dr. Manion, isn`t it true that medical examiners look not only at the injuries to the body, the cause of death, but the circumstances around the death? And I would say two gunshot wounds and you`re under six feet of concrete, that`s a homicide. But what about these other circumstances, Bill?
DR. BILL MANION, MD, NEW JERSEY MEDICAL EXAMINER: Well, yes. This is obviously a homicide. And when we look at the motive, obviously she has the motive to kill him and take control of his money. She is the main protagonist in this whole story. She met him years ago. She took over his funds. And she had her ex-husband kill him. That is what it appears to me.
GRACE: Well, we talk about having an ex-husband kill. In this case, the ex-husband was absolutely cleared, and she has given four different stories about how Abraham Shakespeare ended up buried on property connected to her.
We want justice for this. Down and out dishwasher turned millionaire. Everybody, up next, ABC`s hidden camera show, "What Would You Do?" I`ll see you tomorrow night 8:00 sharp Eastern. And until then, good night, friend.