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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