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No bail for I-4 shooting suspect

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's office says a deadly shooting on the interstate is an apparent case of mistaken identity. The man suspected of pulling the trigger faced a judge Tuesday morning.

Hillsborough County Judge Walter Heinrich ordered Jerome Hayes, 48, to stay in jail without bond.

Turner, 47, was killed Saturday while driving on Interstate-4, near Interstate-75.

The Sheriff's office says Turner called 911 to report he was being followed by another driver who was waving a gun.

The dispatcher reported hearing gun shots and Turner was found a short time later in his car on the interstate. The sheriff's office says Turner was hit three times by in the upper body and died from his wounds.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's detectives spent part of the weekend looking for 48 year-old Hayes in connection with the shooting.  Just before noon Monday, Hayes turned himself in at the Orient Road jail on a charge of first degree murder.

Colonel Donna Lusczynski of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office says Hayes and another man were inside the Gold Club on Adamo Drive, but were kicked out for fighting with a third man.  Hayes and his friend then waited in the parking lot for the man they'd been fighting with, according to Col. Lusczynski.

"The subject was alerted that the subjects were outside in the parking lot, so he didn't leave the Gold Club," said Col. Lusczynski.  "Unfortunately Mr. Turner came out about the same time and they believed that to be him so they left following him and followed him on to the interstate."

Col. Lusczynski says the victim had been in another business next door and didn't know Hayes, his friend, or anything about the fight.  Hayes and his friend followed Turner anyway.

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

Hayes' defense attorney said he intends to enter a plea of not guilty. if a grand jury formally charges him with murder.

"You take a look at him.  You talk to him. He doesn't seem like the kind of person who could possibly commit this kind of a crime," explained attorney Nick Matassini.

Investigators say they have surveillance video and witness statements which tie Hayes to the shooting.

Related story: 06/29/2013 1 dead in I-4 shooting in Hillsborough Co.

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