I-4 murder suspect Jerome Edward Hayes appears in court

TAMPA - Jerome Edward Hayes was denied bond during his first appearance in court this morning.

Another hearing on bail is set for next week.

Hayes is charged with Saturday's fatal shooting of 47-year-old Fred Turner on I-4 near the I-75 overpass in what detectives say was a case of mistaken identity.

Detectives say Hayes turned himself in after they questioned him. He's now charged with first-degree murder.

After the today's proceeding, attorney Nick Matassini, Jr. said his client's alleged actions are way out of line with his normal demeanor.

"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," Matassini said.

Investigators now have the gun and the Ford Taurus they say Hayes used in the shooting.

Investigators say Turner was murdered because he 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," said Colonel Donna Lusczynski.

Investigators say Hayes and a friend got into a physical fight at the Adamo Drive strip club, then waited outside for revenge.

But the man deputies say they tailed in a silver ford Taurus was the wrong person, who was leaving an adjacent business.

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

Turner was on the phone with a 911 operator when he was shot.  He told the operator he was being followed and had done nothing to provoke the other driver.

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