TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A Tampa Judge has barred a woman accused of killing a central Florida lottery winner from sitting in the courtroom after he said she may have threatened members of the jury.
Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore’s was instructed to leave the courtroom with the bailiff Monday.
Earlier Monday, Moore said she would not take the stand because she wanted to protect her family.
Defense attorneys rested their case without calling any witnesses.
Moore is accused of killing Abraham Shakespeare, who won millions in 2006.
Prosecutors say she swindled Shakespeare out of his dwindling fortune, then shot him and buried his body in the backyard.
Moore’s attorney says she was trying to protect Shakespeare’s assets from a pending child support case when he was killed by drug dealers who haven’t been caught.