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A woman is going on trial today charged with killing a Florida lottery winner.
Jury selection in the trial of Dorice 'Dee Dee' Moore began yesterday. Judge Emmett Lamar Battles said he expects opening statements to begin today.
The 40-year-old Moore is charged with first-degree murder.
She's accused of killing Abraham Shakespeare of Polk County in April 2009. Shakespeare won a $30 million lottery jackpot in 2006.
Authorities say Moore befriended Shakespeare, swindled him out of money and then killed him.
Investigators say Dee Dee Moore became close to the lottery winner by claiming she was writing a book about him, according to 10 News.
His body was found under a concrete slab behind a home detectives say was owned by Moore's ex-boyfriend in Hillsborough County.
He had been shot twice.
Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee alleges 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.
Moore denies the murder and says 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 get his help to cover up the crime, who was already signed up as a sheriff's informant and was working with detectives to get close to her and gather information.
Sheriff Gee allege Dee Dee Moore trusted Greg Smith so much that she asked him for help to find a prisoner willing to take the blame for killing Shakespeare in exchange for $50,000.
The trial is expected to last two weeks. A pool of 100 prospective jurors was screened yesterday.
10 News reported that more than half raised their hand when asked if they were familiar with the case and will now each have to be quizzed on the extent of their knowledge of the case.
After his win Shakespeare, a 43-year-old truck driver, won a court challenge from a fellow trucker who accused him of snatching the winning ticket out of his wallet while the two were delivering meat to Miami restaurants.
Shakespeare's family reported him missing in November 2009, telling the Polk County sheriff's office they hadn't seen him since April.
Speaking at the time, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said when their investigation began they had hoped to find Shakespeare alive.
When the body was found, his brother Robert Brown was quoted by 10 News as saying: 'I'm missing my little brother, what ain't gonna be back no more.
'Dead and gone, and everything. He ain't coming back.'