TAMPA - Dorice "DeeDee" Moore was accused of lying so often and so elaborately, Polk County sheriff's deputies wondered if she had some kind of mental condition that led her to create fairy tales and diversions.
"You may be a pathological liar," said Det. Dave Wallace in a videotaped interrogation of Moore. "I'm starting to get that feeling."
Moore, 40, is accused of killing Abraham Shakespeare, a $17 million lottery jackpot winner who's life was plagued with scammers and manipulators who ultimately drained his fortune to just a few million dollars. Detectives believe when Moore came into his life, she stole his remaining wealth and killed him along the way.
Jurors at Moore's murder trial watched several hours of videotaped interviews between Moore and detectives at a time when they had narrowed her down as the prime suspect.
Question after question came about the whereabouts of Shakespeare, and every time Moore responded with a long-winded story, sometimes entirely unrelated to the query.
When asked why Shakespeare would want to disappear, she said it involved his health.
"Because he wanted to say he had AIDS," Moore said. "He wanted to pretend he was dying of AIDS so he wouldn't have to pay child support and people wouldn't look for him," she said.
The detectives pointed out there were no records Shakespeare had the illness.
Moore also suggested that Shakespeare was part of a blackmail scheme.
"There was videotape of him having sex with a 14-year old girl," Moore said, even though deputies found no evidence proving that story, either.
Detective Wallace grew increasingly impatient as the interrogation dragged on. "I am at the bottom of the rope. You know I'm trying to help you out of this hole, and you're not," Wallace said.
"You know you've lied," he said.
The questioning focused on a mysterious cell phone call that Moore said she received during the time Shakespeare was unaccounted for. Moore told investigators he was likely calling her from some remote location.
Detectives promptly showed her the cell phone records, which indicated that the calls originated off the same cell phone towers, suggesting Moore made the call to herself using Shakespeare's phone. His phone was never found.
Despite repeated demands that Moore stop lying and explain what happened to Shakespeare, they failed to get a confession.
Overnight at the Hillsborough County Jail, Moore was taken to the infirmary after complaining of pain in her ankles from her leg restraints.
The unexpected medical issue caused a delay in Friday morning's testimony.
Moore told the judge at the downtown courthouse that she was given medication that made her condition worse.
"I had an anaphylactic shock because they gave me a medication… for a kidney infection," Moore said with a muffled voice in court Friday morning.
"My tongue swelled up really bad last night and they admitted me," she said.
Circuit Judge Emmett Battles delayed the start of the trial until a a doctor could reach the courthouse.
"The bottom line is you've received the medical care you need, and in fact Dr. Weaver is going out of her way which is appropriate to come here and make sure she's going to spend a few minutes with you, make sure everything's okay," Battles said.
The judge told Moore she could either wear socks or a wear a different type of shackle as an alternative to the shackles that she claimed were bothering her.
"The one you may prefer has to do with additional socks and protection," the judge said.
"The other option has to do with a type of leg restraint that is essentially a bar on the leg."
Apparently Moore chose to wear more padded socks.
Testimony featuring sheriff's investigators is expected to resume on Monday.