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Dorice 'Dee Dee' Moore who murdered $30m lottery winner maintains her innocence

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  • Dorice 'Dee Dee' Moore, 41, was sentenced to life in prison in December 2012 for murder of Abraham Shakespeare
  • The lottery winner's body was found under a slab of concrete in 2009
  • Detectives obtained CCTV of her buying plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Moore sat down with ABC's 20/20, sounding defiant and calling people who believe that she is guilty 'idiots'

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PUBLISHED: 15:11 EST, 10 September 2013 | UPDATED: 15:13 EST, 10 September 2013

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A woman convicted of killing and robbing a $30million Florida lottery winner has continued to maintain her innocence in her first brazen behind-bars interview more than nine months after her sentencing.

A beaming Dee Dee Moore, 41, granted an exclusive interview to ABC's 20/20 at the Lowell Correctional Institute in Ocala, Florida, repeatedly stating that she did not kill Abraham Shakespeare in 2009.

Wearing her blue-gray prison garb and a wide grin on her face, the convicted killer blamed her legal team for her guilty verdict while spinning tales of a mysterious drug dealer who was the real culprit.

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Mood swings: Dorice 'Dee Dee' Moore appeared smiling and at times puzzled during her during her first behind-bars interview since her December 2012 sentencing in the murder of Abraham Shakespeare

Crocodile tears: A sobbing Moore appealed to god and claimed that she could not hurt anyone because she likes Mickey Mouse

Crocodile tears: A sobbing Moore appealed to god and claimed that she could not hurt anyone because she likes Mickey Mouse

Camera-ready: A smiling, media-savvy Moore strutted into a cafeteria block at the Lowell Correctional Institute in Ocala, Florida, to meet with ABC's Matt Gutman

Camera-ready: A smiling, media-savvy Moore strutted into a cafeteria block at the Lowell Correctional Institute in Ocala, Florida, to meet with ABC's Matt Gutman

Miss Moore was found guilty of killing Shakespeare, of Polk County, in April 2009. He won a $30million lottery jackpot in 2006.

Shakespeare's body was found about 10 months later under a concrete slab behind a home detectives say was owned by Moore's ex-boyfriend in Hillsborough County. He had been shot twice with a .38-caliber pistol.

Prosecutors said the 41-year-old Moore befriended Shakespeare, who was illiterate, in late 2008, claiming she was writing a book about how people were taking advantage of him.

They claim Moore later became his financial adviser, eventually controlling every asset he had left after his death, including an expensive home, the debt owed to him and a $1.5million annuity.

'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.'

Far from expressing remorse over Shakespeare’s slaying, the 41-year-old inmate sounded a defiant note while speaking to ABC, saying that those people who think that she is guilty 'are complete idiots.'

'I think they have no brain cells,' she said with a smile. 

When pressed by ABC's Matt Gutman why she was laughing while talking about a man who had been murdered, Miss Moore responded with a smirk: ‘I find it entertaining that people are that ignorant.’

Moore also insisted that she had known Shakespeare for only four months prior to his death, which would not have given her enough time to plot his murder.


Convicted: Dorice 'Dee Dee' Moore will spend her life in prison after murdering lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare

Convicted: Dorice 'Dee Dee' Moore will spend her life in prison after murdering lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare

Manipulative: In court, the judge called Moore the 'most manipulative person' he has ever seen and described her as 'cold, calculating and cruel'

Heartless: Judge Emmett Battles said Moore was 'the most manipulative person' he had ever seen and described her as 'cold, calculating and cruel'

Emotional: Shakespeare's sister Linette Williams, center, breaks down in tears during Moore's trial

Emotional: Shakespeare's sister Linette Williams, center, breaks down in tears during Moore's trial

During her sentencing in December 2012, Judge Emmett Battles described the defendant as 'the most manipulative person' he had ever seen, adding that she was 'cold, calculating and cruel.'

Shifting from laughter to tears later in the recent 20/20 interview, which airs tonight at 10pm, a sobbing Moore invoked god and an assortment of Disney characters in her bid to convince her interviewer of her innocence.

‘I would never harm another human being,’ a teary-eyed Moore said. ‘I would never hurt nobody! I like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and Disney!’

A picture of Dorice Moore following her 2010 arrest
Murdered: Abraham Shakespeare was found buried under a slab of concrete

Charged: Moore pictured after her arrest in 2010 (left) and her alleged victim, Abraham Shakespeare, a 43-year-old truck driver (right)

Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee alleged that she tried to dodge suspicion by using Shakespeare's phone to send family members text messages saying he was OK and also writing letters pretending to be him, according to 10 News.

Moore denied the murder and said she took over Shakespeare's assets, about $3.5million and a mansion, authorities say, so he could get away from people pestering him for money.

'The money was like a curse to him. And now it's become a curse to me,' Moore told reporters in 2010. 'God knows I would never take another human being's life.'

But investigators claim Moore turned to a man called Greg Smith to cover up the crime.

Smith was already signed up as a sheriff's informant and was working with detectives to get close to her and gather information.

Sheriff Gee alleged Moore trusted him so much that she asked him for help to find a prisoner willing to take the blame for killing Shakespeare in exchange for forgiving the $65,000 loan Smith had received from the lottery winner.

Mr. Shakespeare collected his massive lottery check with his family by his side in 2006

Mr. Shakespeare collected his massive lottery check with his family by his side in 2006

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Ms Moore used these leggy photos of herself on social media websites

Working as an undercover agent, Smith recorded his conversations with Moore using a device he had concealed inside a Red Bull can, which he dubbed ‘the Dee Dee Moore catch.’

On one of the audio recordings, Moore could be heard saying, ‘I'm not gonna get caught’ in response to Smith’s concerns that he was so involved in the case that her possible capture would inevitably result in his own donwfall.

Moore, however, continued to maintain her innocence, telling detectives that a drug dealer named Ronald and his goons murdered Shakespeare and threatened her and her family.

‘They were going to take my son and kill him and chop him up and put him on my doorstep,’ said Moore.

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