Trial underway for suspect in Fla. lottery winner's murder
Legal panel weighs in on the case
- Duration 6:36
- Date Nov 29, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on the case
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Well you're sitting at home wishing that you won the powerball jackpot and you didn't.
Here's one possible reason to be glad you didn't.
Sometimes that blessing can be followed by bad luck.
A murder trials going on right now for a woman accused of swindling.
The winnings from the man who won millions.
Florida lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare shown here was killed and his body was buried in a backyard.
After making headlines for winning the lottery big time.
Down in Florida trees gallery a lot that I like Dallas has bureau with their story and then -- Kelly's court after.
Yet in the prosecution contends that by the time.
We'll she then took control of his assets Shakespeare shortly there after disappeared.
While he was missing prosecutors say more told investigators many different stories about where he might be.
And she also contacted Shakespeare's family by email by text and by phone claiming to be him let's.
-- say hey mom.
Kind of say who is this.
Use it this Abraham.
Has been no you don't sound like Abraham.
His body was finally found in a concrete or beneath the concrete slab in -- back yard shot twice in the chest with a gun investigators say appears to belong to DD more.
Her ex husband has now testified that she asked him -- dig the hole.
And a concrete contractor says that she asked him to -- the slap.
She then told police that two men came to our house.
And killed Shakespeare and allowed her to live so she could get them money.
The defense claims -- and this is all circumstantial evidence and that Abraham Shakespeare was actually killed.
By drug dealers.
With the -- the belonged.
-- -- and thank you Trace.
And that will bring us to today's Kelly's court so could this woman managed to go free.
Joining me now Mercedes Colwin Fox News legal analyst and mark backlash is a defense attorney and former prosecutor.
She had the ex husband -- all.
Hired somebody to put concrete over it had the ex husband cover up the whole.
Is accused just -- -- -- -- is money seems pretty little -- that has.
I equipment that I would say.
There is no money he's gonna -- -- That's what they have but -- want to get to that they're gonna look at that buy that kind she knew -- -- he is virtually had -- -- the what if she actually have.
But who didn't haven't been to.
All those folks that are that money she comes in the picture -- taking over the finances she say women.
I'm -- collect that money for you -- this is pretty think he won -- -- you don't -- directed to tear it.
Let me take over your finances and work on.
She she I was trying to help him mark after everybody else swindled him and here she is speaking to reporters a -- number one.
Which he had blond hair shortly after this all unfold -- what this is number one was.
-- never hurt that mean he knows I wouldn't every one knows I would never hurt them in anyway did you martyr Abraham Shakespeare absolutely not.
-- that her position is drug dealers did this I would agree if she was a drug dealer.
She digs a hole in her backyard.
She inserts an item in that said hole has concrete put over the hole unless she's inserting a tether ball pole in her backyard there's something nefarious going on.
She then later leads an informant and an -- identified subject.
To that area where the body was recovered she led them there.
She also tried to get for 50000 dollars so I want to take the rap.
That -- not good that's problematic and will pick up right there we come back after the break with illegally here in the court.
All right Mercedes -- not only did she allegedly had a hole in the backyard where by the way his body wound up.
But there is apparently surveillance video from a Wal-Mart showing her rushing in to buy large amounts of duct tape trash bags and plastic sheeting -- not good.
Then -- has minor points out.
She -- there was testimony that she asked her ex husband if he knew anybody would take a murder rats for 50000 dollar -- now know that's his credible at the next doesn't think the -- your life is on the line.
-- -- What -- he may need to do is argued the burden of proof -- well beyond a reasonable doubt he'd -- manager if you have a doubt you remember the drug and if you haven't been out liberals think that over money well are out accent he'd still no word on that.
They they had a different body but they don't it is -- circumstantial.
Circumstantial case -- Tour yes it it is first response to what Mercedes said it's not a doubts because any and -- -- -- the possible.
It is a reasonable doubt there would be no other reasonable conclusion other than she did it listen.
I don't know -- it snowed last night but the ground was no snow and then I went to sleep but there was snow when I woke up.
Was it knowing that circumstantial but it's -- -- what are the fact that -- yeah that that -- raised where she allegedly had.
People she had sheep had people call the -- mother after he died pretending to be him -- and she was paying them to do bats -- they could -- would still believe he was alive.
Well it did that defense is gonna come -- -- -- the drug those came -- They they've threatened her life they killed him.
And they say you look at it hasn't it up I mean this is something that she's willing to take the plaintiffs say let's that this is heard proposed keeping everything they need and -- -- manipulate -- Mercedes.
Was gonna say that we -- -- -- -- the lawyer we spend your time yeah Anthony and those.
Lot of evidence facing an issue and it did see it right did you pull out Casey Anthony that kind of get.
Thank -- argument every time there's a case in Florida hey you know -- gonna I know we know I think I think she's -- -- be -- being you know what she walked.
Though that's the thing that can happen the defense -- -- argue that burden to prove.
Over and over and over.
Jan -- Atlanta Seattle we don't have time -- the sound but from the exchange he had with the judge in the courtroom it doesn't look like it's going very well -- -- he chided her -- -- nodding your head trying to influence the jurors he died and she finally said Alison they're gonna think I'm sick and guilty guy's sitting you're looking down at a table and -- held by the evidence going to be quiet.
I was a lawyer -- account thank you thank thing.