Dorice "DeeDee" Moore appears in a court hearing.
Tampa, Florida - No plea for Dorice "DeeDee" Moore in court today.
The 37-year-old blonde entered court for her arraignment, shackled and dressed in jailhouse orange clothing. She is charged with 1st degree murder in the death of lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare.
But in a twist of representation, Moore's public defender attorney stepped aside, citing a conflict of interest. Judge Daniel Sleet appointed Chris Boldt of the Regional Conflict Counsel to represent Moore. Boldt did not enter a plea for Moore, electing to either enter a written plea or in person at a future hearing.
Assistant State's Attorney Jay Pruner told the court that his office has not made a decision whether to seek the death penalty in the case. A Hillsborough county grand jury indicted Moore late last Thursday on the murder charge. That was the same day the State Attorney decided to drop the "accessory after the fact" charge, but added a charge of "interception of wire or oral communication."
Judge Sleet set the next hearing in Moore's case for May 10.
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