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Hotel Homicide Solved in 24-Hours, Strip Club Employee Charged with Murder

BROOKSVILLE – Yesterday we reported that a Homicide investigation was underway at the Holiday Inn Express on Commercial Way in Spring Hill.

Very few details of the case were released to the public but one witness told RNRF that he heard several shots when he stepped outside in the early morning hours.

On the heels of a press conference with Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, regarding a separate shooting incident this morning, Sheriff Al Nienhuis held a presser regarding the Holiday Inn Express murder.

Nienhuis told reporters that around 2:56 a.m. Wednesday, Deputy Troy Hyler was conducting a traffic stop on Commercial way just north of the Hotel when he heard several shots. Hyler cleared the stop and responded to the hotel to investigate. When he arrived on the scene Hyler discovered 45-year-old Jeffrey Lott, a resident of Georgia, deceased in the parking lot.

Deputy Hyler observed several gunshot wounds on Lott’s body and immediately determined that Lott had been the victim of a robbery.

According to an official report, deputies responding to the area began searching for possible suspects.  Information was provided to deputies that the suspect stole the victim’s white pickup truck and was seen leaving the scene at a high rate of speed right after the shots were fired.

Nienhuis says the suspect, identified as 23-year-old Kayla Breann Evelyn Lucille Collins, met Lott at Lollipops Gentlemen’s Club, located in Pasco County, and later left with Lott, stopping at an ATM before traveling to the Hotel.

That’s when officials say Collins shot Lott at least 4-times and then fled the Hotel.

Around 12:30 p.m. the investigation moved to Pasco County once again, after Detective Cole Brinson received a call from a cleaning crew working on a foreclosed home at 13818 Peace Blvd. Detective responded to the home and located Lott’s white Dodge Truck and several of his personal effects.

Just before 3 a.m. this morning, exactly 24 hours after the homicide was committed, Hernando County Detectives, with assistance from Pasco County Detectives, responded to 7242 Abington Avenue in New Port Richey and located Kayla Breann Evelyn Lucille Collins. Contact was made at the front door with another resident of the home who advised Collins was inside. She appeared from a hallway and tried to flee. She ran into a sliding glass door and was then taken into custody without incident. She was later booked into the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center.

Collins is charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Armed Robbery, and Grand Theft.

Officials say the investigation continues.

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  • So whose gun was it hers or his???? Maybe he did attack her hell he picked the smallest girl in the strip club and he was a big guy!! He told everyone stories that his house was being renovated and that’s why he was at the hotel!! Too bad she suprised the hell out of him ! Be careful for the little ones we might suprise you! I feel bad for his wife and baby that he was a cheating scum!

    Tuesday, 9 August 2016, 12:36 pm
  • Guy paid the price for his sin. I Don’t feel sorry for him. What humiliation he has put his wife through. His innocent child lost his father. This white trash of a girl should be put to death. An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth.

    Tuesday, 9 August 2016, 1:09 am
  • ALAP, thanks for the compliment. Coming from someone as illiterate as yourself, calling others a special kind of stupid is kind of ridiculous.

    Monday, 8 August 2016, 8:46 pm
  • John Dalton your a rude individual

    May we all hope to be perfect prick like you

    Sunday, 7 August 2016, 10:21 pm
    • Get bent Buckley…….you don’t like it ….tough shizit!!!

      Monday, 8 August 2016, 12:24 pm
  • All in all every guy has made mistakes not knowing the circumstances makes everyone jump to conclusions yes he fkd up cost him his life my heart and prayers go out to his wife and child at the end of the day it will all be forgotten until the next tradgedy we are all human bad shit happens everyday live like everyone is your last don’t pass judgement because ur not perfect none of us are

    Sunday, 7 August 2016, 9:20 pm
  • I feel terrible for this pig’s wife and child, but that’s the risk you take when you pick up skanky crack whores. Guess he picked the wrong one this time.

    Sunday, 7 August 2016, 5:29 pm
  • So nice to see Arnold Franco, the criminal, has his friends out in force. Hernando got “the collar” but Pasco did the work. And no I’m not an expert on law enforcement, I retired with disability after 15 years from Hillsborough, so that doesnt qualify me as an expert. These guys are a joke, just read the LEO comment board.

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 7:55 pm
  • Commonsense? Guy MOVE!

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 7:52 pm
  • All the comments about he wasn’t such a good man if he had a beautiful wife and a baby at home.We all understand that but no one deserves to die over this.Sending prayers to Jeff and his family ?

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 7:13 pm
    • MY PIONT …..my heart and prayers go to the family of this gentleman ….may god bless all involved …no matter bad the crime this young lady also has a family who is also suffering right now you cant choose your relatives and you gotta love family

      Tuesday, 9 August 2016, 3:00 pm
  • Big B**** lollipops now for life.

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 4:46 pm
  • And how of you thought that Spring Hill was going to be such nice peaceful place to move to.

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 3:41 pm
  • Why not Capital murder ??
    She obviously lured him to the hotel to rob him, he died, premeditated murder, while commiting another felony !!!!
    Capital murder ……..DEATH PENALTY !!

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 3:14 pm
  • Hey go figure, hernando deputies solved the murder. Learn to read.

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 2:47 pm
  • Lollipops stripe club , should be shut down . R.I.P. Jeff

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 11:55 am
  • @Loud rsx That part where she tried to escape but ran into sliding glass door…holy lmao that made my morning! Laughed so hard I almost choked on my coffee..
    But in all seriousness that poor guy..sending prayers to him and his family. It’s a sad situation for sure..

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 11:13 am
  • Board stiff ask his wife if was a good guy. He would be alive if he didnt have to cheat on his beautiful wife.

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 10:38 am
  • Good men don’t take strippers to hotel rooms with a load of cash and good intentions. How do you know this was just cold blooded murder for some cash? Maybe he got high with her and became violent. Don’t play it like this guy was a saint. If he had a wife and young baby, he had no business there in the first place.

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 10:26 am
  • Good man with a beautiful wife and little one, but hangs out in the nastiest strip club in town & leaves with a druggy stripper?

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 10:00 am
  • That name Collins sounds familiar.

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 9:59 am
  • Hey go figure, maybe you should move into Pasco where you will be happier idiot!
    What kind of name is that? Damn, she has more names than the Mexicans…

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 9:53 am
  • Looks like she hit the door face first

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 9:02 am
  • Spoiled brat…smh.

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 6:55 am
  • Great work HCSD…

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 6:46 am
  • She has five names. Dipshit about covers all of them.

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 3:48 am
  • She was a stripper? Hell, I would have paid for her to keep her clothes on.

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 1:49 am
  • He sounds like a great guy all right.
    Picked up a stripper, took her out to eat, stopped at the ATM and headed for his motel room.

    I feel very sorry for his wife and child. They’re going thru Hell because of this. Its a terrible terrible thing but sorry, this doesn’t sound like a good guy to me. A good guy wouldn’t have been at a strip joint picking up a stripper and putting himself in a position for this to have happened in the first place. ?

    Prayers for his family who are the ones who will have to live with this for the rest of their lives.

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 1:03 am
  • Wow this is what drugs can do , it’s just ridiculous what Pasco n Hernando have become . People are sick. Rip to Jeff and my deepest condolences to his family

    Saturday, 6 August 2016, 12:12 am
  • No racist comments from Proud Veteran or BLM? Funny, a couple thugs can steel a car and they pile on the racist innuendos, A red haired green eyed slut murdering a dude in cold blood? CRICKETS!

    make America hate again

    Friday, 5 August 2016, 11:24 pm
  • Damn , strippers are sure ugly in the daylight.

    Friday, 5 August 2016, 11:00 pm
  • What a scumbag, put her under the jail.

    Friday, 5 August 2016, 11:00 pm
  • I am sorry for the loss of Jeff’s life and no one deserves that but, if he was such a good man, why was he at a strip bar, leaving with a stripper while he had a beautiful wife and baby waiting at home? I really feel for her and their baby. It’s one thing to be told your husband has been murdered and another to find out how and with who. Must be horrible that she may never have closure to the circumstances and left with that. Very sad.

    Friday, 5 August 2016, 10:52 pm
  • I was nearby and it was crazy around there.

    Friday, 5 August 2016, 10:38 pm
  • I knew Jeff personally;He was a very good man.He has a beautiful wife and a young baby.He was here from out of town and went to have a few beers.He has built the last 15 dollar Generals here in springhill and Pasco.Let this be an eye opener to everyone.Trust no one this nasty girl killed this man for a few dollars.RIP Jeff and may God look out for your family.

    Friday, 5 August 2016, 9:40 pm
    • What would such a good guy , with a beautiful wife and baby, be doing hanging out in a strip joint instead of being home with his wife and baby?

      Saturday, 6 August 2016, 8:54 am
      • REALLY ?????? And i guess in your eyes that makes him a bad guy and a bad husband and a bad father????i rest my piont……

        Monday, 8 August 2016, 2:22 pm
  • she’s gonna hollar “rape”. watch and see…

    Friday, 5 August 2016, 9:18 pm
  • Way to go sherriff Nocco, really wish you could teach Hernando deputies.

    Friday, 5 August 2016, 7:35 pm
    • Why is there always a dip sh** like gofigure with only negative,dumb things to say. It was a team effort bone head.

      Saturday, 6 August 2016, 4:32 pm
    • Learn to read. HCSO solved the crime. You are a special kind of stupid.

      Monday, 8 August 2016, 6:49 pm
  • Did anyone else think it’s funny that they put she ran into sliding glass doors

    Friday, 5 August 2016, 6:56 pm
    • I did as well. To bad she didn’t break the glass and just bleed out.

      Saturday, 6 August 2016, 11:15 am
    • Would like to have seen that! LOL

      Monday, 8 August 2016, 2:14 am
    • absolutely Loud rsx…

      Monday, 8 August 2016, 11:09 am
  • thats recent story 2 about strippers and misfortune. lies deception and murder. hopefully guys will learn a lesson about trusting strangers out for money.

    Friday, 5 August 2016, 6:49 pm
  • WAY TO GO HCSO!!!!!

    Friday, 5 August 2016, 6:34 pm
  • Absolutely disgusting! The lowlifes’ around here

    Friday, 5 August 2016, 6:29 pm
  • The 24 year old drug princess Ms.Collins is probably in drug detoux at the county slammer right now.
    She deserves the Go To Jail for a long time card. What a Dumb Dumb.

    Friday, 5 August 2016, 6:15 pm
  • Sure glad she was caught. Great job to all the LEO’s involved.

    Friday, 5 August 2016, 6:01 pm
  • Bury her. Get all the BS out of Hernando County. Pasco!!!

    Friday, 5 August 2016, 5:57 pm

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