Lakeland man helps crack case of murdered millionaire

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Lakeland, Florida - 40-year-old Greg Smith worked with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for months as a confidential informant to carefully gain the trust of 37-year-old Dee Dee Moore. Ultimately, Smith was able to help detectives crack the case and, now, Moore is locked up, charged in connection with the murder of Abraham Shakespeare, a Lakeland lottery winner.

Smith admits he has been in trouble with the law in the past, but this time he agreed to work closely with detectives, spending three months hanging out with Moore until she opened to him and, according to court documents, led him straight to Shakespeare's body.

Smith says, "The first time that I ever saw Dee Dee Moore, it was through Abraham right here at this shop. He brought Dee Dee Moore around and said, 'Greg, this is the lady that's going to be helping me with a few of the things that I'm dealing with as far as my financial situation.'"

He says it was a brief encounter because he was busy working at a Lakeland barber shop and he didn't think much of it. He says Shakespeare would stop by about two or three times a week. Even after he won the 30 million dollar jackpot in 2006, he'd still pick up a broom and help clean up. Smith says, "He'd just get to sweeping and he'd sweep and joke around."

Smith says he didn't talk to Shakespeare much about the money he won. They were just good friends. But he does remember the first time Shakespeare invited him over to his new house on Red Hawk Bend Drive in a small gated community. "I walked in and I was like, 'Oh, my God, this is what money will do for you.'"

10 Connects has obtained photographs from inside the 4,646 square foot home that features four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Smith adds, "Pool. Pool table. Huge. The biggest flat screen on the wall that I've ever seen, you know, he had the best furniture. I mean it was nice."

The million dollar home is isolated, too. There's a vacant lot on one side of the home and behind it is a pasture with cows grazing on grass.

But something went wrong. Shakespeare went missing for nine months. No one seemed to know where he was. His family reported him missing in November and Dee Dee Moore eventually moved into his house. Detectives now believe that he was murdered on April 6th or 7th.

Three months ago, Smith says he agreed to help the Polk County Sheriff's Office. His job was to get close to Dee Dee Moore. He says she was a manipulator. "No, I didn't bury Shakespeare. No, I didn't kill him. What I did was find him."

Smith says he's glad he could help detectives crack the case, but sad he'll never see his friend Shakespeare again. "It hurts on the inside to know that he had to get rich to die."

There's a lot that Smith isn't allowed to talk about but court documents fill in most of the blanks, explaining that Dee Dee Moore asked him and another unnamed person to dig up and move Shakespeare's body from under a concrete slab where it was buried at 5802 Hwy. 60 in Plant City. They were instructed to bury the body somewhere else.

Court documents show Moore also wanted Smith to find someone already awaiting sentencing to go to prison who would be willing to take the rap for Shakespeare's death for $50,000.

But on Jan. 28 members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office recovered Shakespeare's remains. His funeral was held last Saturday.

Dee Dee Moore meanwhile remains in jail. She's charged with accessory after the fact to first degree murder. Smith says she has been informed that he worked with the detectives in the case against her.

 

 

 

 

Tammie Fields, 10 Connects

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