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Suspect in fatal shooting to be extradited to Hernando County, police say

BROOKSVILLE — A Spring Hill man will return to Hernando County to face accusations that he shot a man to death on a Brooksville street in May, police said Friday.

Franklin Jamaal Spears, 26, has been identified as the lead suspect in the shooting death of Isiah Lee Collins on the night of May 25. He is expected to be extradited to Hernando County, according to the Brooksville Police Department.

Spears was in federal custody Friday, though it was unclear where. Police Chief George Turner could not be reached for comment Friday evening.

According to authorities, just before midnight May 25, authorities received a 911 call from someone who heard gunfire. Collins was soon found alive, but in serious condition, lying in the middle of Buena Vista Avenue with a gunshot wound.

Emergency workers took Collins to Brooksville Regional Hospital, where he died minutes later.

From the start of the investigation, police thought the shooting was drug-related because they found drugs at the scene.

Spears had no apparent criminal record in Hernando.

But those who knew Collins said Collins sold drugs and lived a life on the streets.

His lengthy criminal record dates to a 1995 arrest, a day after his 16th birthday, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Later that year, Collins was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in Hillsborough County. Five days before he was found guilty, he was charged with stealing a firearm and vehicle and then fleeing police.

State prison records indicate he served a total of nearly nine years behind bars on the various charges.

Joel Anderson can be reached at or (352) 754-6120.

Suspect in fatal shooting to be extradited to Hernando County, police say 09/26/08 [Last modified: Monday, September 29, 2008 3:50pm]
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