Posted: 6:43 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013

Man arrested on charges of shooting bicyclist to death

Edward Hayes- arrest photo
Edward Hayes

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —

Orange County detectives said they are working to find a motive in the killing of a bicyclist.

Shane Thompson, 33, was shot to death while riding his bicycle Sunday afternoon, said investigators.

Edward Hayes, 37, was arrested 10 hours after deputies said he shot and killed Thompson.

WFTV was there as Hayes was taken to jail.

"Mr. Hayes, Did you shoot that person today?" said WFTV reporter Ryan Hughes. "Anything at all, sir?  This is your opportunity."

However, Hayes did not respond to any questions.

Thompson was riding a bicycle on 35th Street near Orange Blossom Trail. Witnesses said they heard at least two shots, and then saw Thompson bleeding from the head.

Officers said Thompson died at the scene.

Authorities said several tips helped them piece together the incident and led them to Hayes.

"It was a lot of hard work.  We had a lot of people working on it with our patrol, our criminal investigative division, [and] some specialty units were involved in helping us out. It was a big effort," said Cpl. John Nutting of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives have not released a motive for the killing or said if the two men knew each other.

Hayes is charged with second-degree murder.

His first appearance in court was postponed until Tuesday.

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