Suspect denied bond in I-4 shooting death in Florida

TAMPA, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- The suspect in the Interstate 4 shooting death in Florida was denied bail Tuesday and authorities now say it's a case of mistaken identity, not road rage.

Jerome Edward Hayes will have another bail hearing next week, WFTS-TV, Tampa, reported.


Hayes is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Fred Turner, 47, Saturday. He turned himself in Monday.

His attorney described Hayes as a "soft-spoken, nice guy."

"You take a look at him, you talk to him, he does not seem like the kind of person that could possibly commit this kind of crime," Nick Matassini Jr. said.

The TV station said police have obtained the gun and car involved in the shooting. Investigators say Turner was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"The victim was mistaken for an individual who was involved in an altercation with the suspect's friend inside the Gold Club," Col. Donna Lusczynski said.

Hayes and a friend allegedly were in a fight at the strip club and waited outside for their opponent. But they mistakenly followed the wrong person, who had been in an adjacent business.


"Mr. Turner was followed from the location by the suspect to the interstate, where he was shot several times," Lusczynski said.

Turner was on the phone with a 911 operator, telling the dispatcher he was being followed and had not done anything to precipitate a confrontation when he was shot, she said.

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