Fred Turner's final words were recorded on his chilling call to 911 back in June of 2013.
"He rolls his window down, he flips me off, then he holds the gun up to the window," Turner can be heard telling the dispatcher in the call recording -- moments before he is shot dead on Interstate 4. "If he shoots, I am gone! He's coming up next to me..."
Turner was able to pull over before dying on the side of the road. Then another call came in 911, this one from a witness, driving behind the shooter.
"I saw someone shoot someone in a car…I'm on I-4…heading towards Orlando…I see a person slumped over in a car."
It turns out, Turner wasn't even the man the defendant Jerome Hayes and his buddy Ronnie Issget were supposedly after.
Investigators say the intended target was a man who got into a fistfight with Issget at a Tampa strip club minutes earlier. That man later told investigators Issget sucker-punched him for no reason.
"Before I could even look back, the guy on my right punched me in the face," he said in a recorded interview with deputies. "I struck him back, we kind of tussled. I struck him once more…his shorter, bald-headed friend was kinda talking: 'We'll get you, we'll get you.'"
Club manager Roy Sansbury told investigators employees broke up the fight and then threw Hayes and Issget out of the club. But he said the two stuck around.
"They sat parked in the vehicle for four or five minutes and that's when a green Mustang exited the parking lot and they accelerated behind that vehicle," he said. "That's the last I saw of them."
That green Mustang belonged to Fred Turner. And as his 911 call reveals, he had no idea who the men following him were, or why they were trying to kill him.
"I have no idea who this guy is, and I know I didn't do anything to upset him like cut in front of him."
Hayes, 48, later turned himself in after being questioned. The St. Cloud man faces a first-degree murder charge and has pleaded not guilty.
His trial is scheduled for September.
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