A man accused of shooting and killing a driver along Interstate 4 was back in court Thursday, asking for bond again, and was denied.
Jerome Hayes, 48, appeared in a Hillsborough County courtroom, where for the first time, attorneys played audio of the 911 call the victim made before the shooting.
In the call, you can hear 47-year-old Fred Turner, Jr., telling dispatchers he is being chased -- and has no idea why.
“All of a sudden this car pulls up behind me, quick, and then this guy pulls besides me, he rolls his window down and he pulls besides me, flips me off and then he holds the gun up the window,” Turner says in the recording. “I have no idea who this guy is. I know I didn’t do anything to upset him, like cut in front of him.”
In the frantic call, Turner knew he would not survive the chase.
“If he shoots his gun, I’m…I'm gone,” Turner says. “Now he’s going to pull beside me on the right side…”
Moments later, the sound of gunfire. Turner was shot several times. He pulled over and eventually died on the side of the road.
Investigators say Turner was the victim of mistaken identity. They say Jerome Hayes and his passenger, Ronnie Issgett, went after the wrong person. They thought Turner was a man who got into a fist fight with Issget at a strip club, prosecutors say.
But Hayes’ attorneys say it was actually Issgett who pulled the trigger, and that's why they were back in court asking a judge to reconsider his bond status.
Hayes' trial is scheduled for September.
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