Fred Turner Jr. of Orlando was shot dead on I-4 just outside of Tampa on Saturday after being caught up in a case of mistaken identity. He was 47 years old.
Investigators with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office say 48-year-old Jerome Hayes of St. Cloud pulled up next to Turner on the interstate, and shot him three times.
This was after Hayes and a friend were kicked out of the Gold Club Gentlemen's Club on Adamo Road for fighting.
Hayes appeared in court Tuesday morning. He was denied bond.
"The victim was mistaken for an individual who was involved in an altercation with the suspect's friend inside the Gold Club," said Colonel Donna Lusczynski of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators say Turner was leaving the Tres Equis video story, a business that sits in the same building as the Gold Club, as Hayes and his buddy were being kicked out.
They were convinced Turner was the man they were fighting.
"They believed that to be him so they left following him and followed him on to the interstate," said Lusczynski.
Investigators say 911 operators were on the phone when Turner was shot and killed.
Deputies say they used cameras to help them in this case.
"Thanks to the diligent work of our detectives, we were able to identify the suspect and recover his 2012 gray Ford Taurus and several handguns," Lusczynski said.
Hayes turned himself in Monday morning. His attorney says he is gathering all the facts right now.
"He's a soft-spoken, nice guy," Nick Matassini Jr., Hayes' attorney, said Tuesday outside a courtroom. "When you take a look at him and talk to him, he does not seem like the kind of person who could not commit this kind of crime. He's very mild mannered and nice."
Neighbors back in St. Cloud say it's hard to believe Hayes was behind the trigger.
Now he sits behind bars, accused of killing an innocent man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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