Jeffrey Lott of Georgia was in the construction business and often found himself working for weeks at a time in Hernando County, Florida, just north of Tampa. The 45-year-old was described as a “great guy” by those he met at the bars near the Holiday Inn Express where he’d stay when in town, and was known to buy strangers a round of drinks. Last Thursday he decided to unwind at local “gentlemen’s club” Lollipop's where he met 23-year-old Kayla Breann Evelyn Lucille Collins, or just Kayla for short. It would be a fatal encounter.
Lott hung out with Kayla and her friends for a couple rounds of drinks before deciding to take the party to a local Denny’s. Lott asked Kayla to drive his white Dodge truck since he had been drinking. They stopped at an ATM, where Lott took out an undisclosed amount of money, and then to the Holiday Inn Express parking lot. It was there that Kayla shot him 5 times in the stomach and torso. She then dumped his body there and went to rendezvous with her friends at the restaurant.
A Sheriff's Deputy in the area heard the shots ring out around 3 a.m. and went to investigate and found Lott’s dead body. After meeting with her friends and telling them something bad had happened, Collins abandoned Lott’s truck at a vacant property one county over. It didn’t take police long to retrace Lott’s final hours and finger Kayla as the killer. After receiving a tip, they found her at a house in the city of New Port Richey. She tried to flee but ran right directly into a closed sliding glass door. Her mugshot shows the impact on the bridge of her nose. She has been charged with second-degree murder, robbery with a firearm, and grand theft auto, and was released after making bond, pending a trial. Authorities assume robbery was the motive.
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