Deputies: Gainesville man lured, then beaten to death

- Hernando County detectives say they've solved a heinous crime that started through a social networking site.

A man's body was found in a wooded area Sunday, naked and badly beaten. Investigators believe the victim was lured there by a woman he met on the 'Plenty of Fish' website.

Detectives say 35-year-old Preston Talley of Gainesville made contact with Kayla Morrow through the site Saturday night. They say the two agreed to meet near the intersection of 301 & State Road 50 in Hernando County to engage in sex and/or drug use. Detectives say it was all a set up.

They say Murrow had three male friends positioned in the woods nearby. Detectives say Talley followed Morrow into the woods and was almost immediately attacked and beaten to death with a baseball bat.

Investigators believe the motive was robbery. They say the suspects took off with $20 and a gram and a half of meth, after stripping Talley of all his clothes.

"They took a life for probably $100, less than $200. It was a pretty heinous act and it was definitely calculated," Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said Wednesday.

Kayla Morrow, Joshua Gardner, Brandon Harrelson, and Andrew Abbott were all arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder. They are in the process of being extradited back to Hernando County.

Sheriff Nienhuis says all four admitted to their involvement in the crime. 
 

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