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FIRST ON FOX: The ex-wife of a Microsoft govt mysteriously shot lifeless in entrance of his 2-year-old daughter in north Florida has employed a legal protection lawyer — as new particulars have emerged concerning the pair’s acrimonious break up, Fox Information Digital has realized. 

Jared Bridegan, 33, was gunned down February 16 after dropping off his twins on the dwelling of his ex-wife Shanna Gardner-Fernandez in a tony suburb of Jacksonville Seashore in north Florida. 

He had simply taken the twins and his daughter Bexley, who he shares along with his second spouse Kirsten Bridegan, out for dinner.

Bexley was strapped in her automotive seat, and so they had been driving dwelling to St. Augustine when he stumbled on a tire within the street and stopped, in accordance with police. 

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A photo combination of Kirsten and Jared Bridegan with their daughter London and his ex-wife Shanna Gardner-Fernandez.

A photograph mixture of Kirsten and Jared Bridegan with their daughter London and his ex-wife Shanna Gardner-Fernandez.
(Courtesy of Kirsten Bridgen/Fb)

As he stepped out of his black Volkswagen Atlas, an unknown assailant shot Bridegan in entrance of the terrified baby then fled.

Bexley remained within the automotive for 3 full minutes close to her father’s lifeless physique earlier than a passerby came across the grotesque scene and pulled her from the automotive, police stated.

 Kirsten Bridegan, 30, was at dwelling with the couple’s 7-month-old daughter, London.

A family portrait of Jared and Kirsten Bridegan with daughters Bexley and London and his twins.

A household portrait of Jared and Kirsten Bridegan with daughters Bexley and London and his twins.
(Infinite Focus Images/Madeline Insignares)

The stunning homicide stays unsolved, and the Jacksonville Seashore Police Division hasn’t publicly named a suspect. 

However Gardner-Fernandez and her husband, Mario Fernandez, at the moment are represented by high-powered legal protection legal professional Henry Coxe III.

Coxe, the previous president of the Florida Bar, “focuses on severe federal and state legal issues,” in accordance with his bio on the Bedell Agency web site. Underneath the heading “Space of Apply,” the bio lists solely “legal protection.”

Coxe informed Fox Information Digital that he was retained by the couple “for the aim of seeing if steps may very well be taken to guard her younger twins from any publicity surrounding this tragic occasion.” He continued, “As for some other motive for the household to have or want counsel, whether or not or not it’s myself or anybody else, there may be none.”

The brutal slaying has introduced Bridegan’s relationship along with his ex-wife into sharp aid, as detectives seek for clues. 

Jared and Shanna’s Courtship

The couple met round 2009 after they had been launched whereas she was visiting a detailed buddy in Jacksonville. Gardner-Fernandez grew up in a Mormon community in upscale Alpine, Utah — the daughter of Sterling and Shelli Gardner, who co-founded Stampin’ Up!, which sells paper craft merchandise. 

The household firm, headquartered in Salt Lake Metropolis, has an estimated annual income of over $100 million a yr, in accordance with IncFact. 

 At first Bridegan wasn’t , however Gardner-Fernandez “wined and dined him,” flaunting her charmed life, a buddy stated. 

Jared Bridegan baking brownies with his daughter Bexley. He built the wood stool she sits on so she could help him in the kitchen, Kirsten Bridegan said.

Jared Bridegan baking brownies along with his daughter Bexley. He constructed the wooden stool she sits on so she might assist him within the kitchen, Kirsten Bridegan stated.
(Courtesy of Kirsten Bridegan)

“It was like she was saying, ‘Look what my way of life is like, I can fly you throughout, my mother and father pay for every part,” in accordance with the buddy.

Bridegan warmed as much as Gardner-Fernandez, and so they fell in love. He moved to Utah and the couple tied the knot in a 2010 fairytale marriage ceremony on the majestic Salt Lake Metropolis Temple.

They purchased an $800,000 home in Highland, Utah, close to her mother and father, and every drove a Mercedes — however neither of them had a job, the buddy stated.

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The mother and father supplied the newlyweds a month-to-month stipend of greater than $8,500 along with entry to bank cards and different substantial monetary perks — together with giving Bridegan $100,000 to start out a enterprise, in accordance with courtroom filings and sources.

Cracks within the Marriage

Gardner-Fernandez grew to become pregnant with twins: a boy and a lady. However their son was born with a severe congenital coronary heart situation, pulmonary hypertension. Docs informed the couple the kid wanted to stay at sea stage for his coronary heart to perform correctly.

They moved to Connecticut, the place Bridegan’s brother and spouse had been dwelling on the time, which was additionally near their son’s physician in New York.

“That’s when the cracks actually began to point out,” stated the buddy. Gardner-Fernandez stopped going to church and began zealously understanding. She grew annoyed along with her husband, who had gained weight and was centered on attempting to start out companies, the buddy stated.

The home Kirsten Gardner-Fernandez and Jared Bridegan shared in Ponte Vedra Beach.

The house Kirsten Gardner-Fernandez and Jared Bridegan shared in Ponte Vedra Seashore.
(Google Maps)

In the hunt for a contemporary begin, Bridegan, who was originally from Jacksonville, persuaded Gardner-Fernandez to maneuver to his hometown. He was finding out on-line for a grasp’s diploma at Savannah Faculty of Artwork and Design.

They purchased one other $800,000 home in ritzy Ponte Vedra Seashore south of Jacksonville — however the transfer didn’t save their marriage. Bridegan remained a religious LDS member, whereas Gardner-Fernandez started straying from her religion, sources stated.

A photo combination of Shanna Gardner-Fernandez showing off her muscles and selfie of her with her husband Mario Fernandez.

A photograph mixture of Shanna Gardner-Fernandez exhibiting off her muscle mass and selfie of her along with her husband Mario Fernandez.
(Fb)

She had joined CrossFit, and Bridegan purchased her a set of non-public coaching classes as a present. She allegedly started an affair with the private coach, and Bridegan discovered compromising emails between them, sources informed Fox Information Digital. He confronted her, and she or he informed him she didn’t love him anymore, in accordance with the sources.

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“It was like having somebody you knew and beloved do an entire 180,” stated the buddy. “Jared was like, ‘I don’t acknowledge this individual. I married a very totally different individual.’”

However he was nonetheless prepared to battle for his or her marriage for the sake of their youngsters — a proposition she rejected, a supply stated.

The Divorce

Gardner-Fernandez filed for divorce from Bridegan Feb. 23, 2015, after about 5 years of marriage, calling the union “irretrievably damaged” and telling the courtroom, merely, “We don’t love one another anymore.”

Regardless of the festering animosity, each spouses remained within the marital residence, as they viciously squared off in divorce court

Gardner-Fernandez demanded unique occupancy of the house, main custody, and accused Bridegan of threatening to withdraw money from their kids’s belief funds for his personal use.

Shanna Gardner-Fernandez with her daughter on the beach.

Shanna Gardner-Fernandez along with her daughter on the seashore.
(Fb)

Bridegan countered that he deserved main custody, alimony, baby assist, and unique use of their dwelling as she had the means to stay elsewhere.

He accused her of surreptitiously spying on him by hiding child screens within the kids’s bed room and attaching a monitoring machine to his automotive. 

In an electronic mail to his lawyer obtained by Fox Information Digital, Bridegan hooked up a photograph of 1 monitor hidden underneath his daughter’s dresser and one other underneath his son’s mattress. The rooms already had child screens in plain sight, and each mother and father had entry to them, he wrote. 

A photo of the baby monitor Jared Bridegan allegedly found hidden under his daughter's dresser during his divorce.

A photograph of the infant monitor Jared Bridegan allegedly discovered hidden underneath his daughter’s dresser throughout his divorce.
(Fox Information)

“That is sufficient!!! I ought to have each rattling proper alone property to not continually be underneath recording or monitoring by Shanna,” he wrote within the electronic mail Might 17, 2015. “I would like the flipping gates of Hell launched on her for this.”

She additionally put in a lock on the main bedroom to which he was not given a key and allegedly positioned a voice-activated recorder in the home, he wrote.

A photo of the baby monitor Jared Bridegan found under his son's bed during his divorce. 

A photograph of the infant monitor Jared Bridegan discovered underneath his son’s mattress throughout his divorce. 
(Fox Information)

Bridegan accused her of “completely mendacity on her financials” claiming she had no revenue when she had allegedly earned hundreds of {dollars} doing work underneath the desk for her mother’s enterprise, in accordance with the e-mail. 

The spurned partner appeared most upset by Gardner-Fernandez unilaterally canceling their then 3-year-old son’s June 2015 coronary heart surgical procedure in New York after that they had waited months for the appointment.

Perpetual Litigation

Though the couple hammered out a divorce and shared parenting settlement in July 2015 that gave them equal custody, they continued to pull one another again into courtroom for six years.

Bridegan married Kirsten Bridegan in 2017, and the 2 had been constructing a blended household. However he and Gardner-Fernandez, who married Mario Fernandez in 2018, continued to spar continually over each concern that cropped up with their twins, from the place they might attend faculty to modifications of their custody and baby assist agreements.

Jared and Kristen Bridegan on their wedding day in 2017

Jared and Kristen Bridegan on their marriage ceremony day in 2017
(Amy Jo Royall)

“It was troublesome to observe Jared undergo fixed courtroom battles when all he needed was to deal with being the perfect husband and father he may very well be,” Kirsten Bridegan stated.

“The events battle to resolve points between themselves and have a tendency to show to the courtroom for decision,” wrote Gardner-Fernandez’s lawyer, requesting that the courtroom appoint a mum or dad coordinator to mediate their disputes in 2020. “This has resulted in successfully a relentless state of litigation.” The legal professional didn’t point out that the majority of the courtroom actions had been initiated by Gardner-Fernandez.

Because the years handed, Gardner-Fernandez’s filings grew extra hostile and her accusations extra excessive. In 2019, she claimed Bridegan had been teaching and “interrogating the minor kids and recording their statements.” 

Jared and Kirsten Bridegan pose for an engagement photo.

Jared and Kirsten Bridegan pose for an engagement photograph.
(Courtesy fo Courtney Fonda )

She alleged that he was “now threatening to make use of these coached recorded statements in opposition to the mom,” calling the conduct “abusive” and “outrageous” and demanding a social investigation. The request was denied.

In June 2021, Gardner-Fernandez filed a contemporary movement in opposition to her ex-husband for not letting her borrow a small respiration machine for his or her son, which was used when at excessive altitudes. She had possession of a bigger machine that was much less handy for touring. 

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“The daddy apparently considers his vindictiveness towards the mom extra essential than defending his son’s well being and life,” her legal professional wrote, accusing Bridegan of being “extra involved with humiliating the mom than he’s in ensuring his personal baby doesn’t die.” 

In the end, the matter was settled with an order entered on the docket 4 months earlier than Bridegan’s homicide, stating that he would pay Gardner-Fernandez $571 and retain unique use of the smaller machine. The vitriolic litigation concluded with a ultimate docket entry recording Bridegan’s loss of life.

The Homicide

Police consider that the assailant might have positioned a tire within the street to lure Bridegan from his automotive at about 7:30 p.m., then shot him.

There is no such thing as a surveillance footage of the assault. Detectives have requested for the general public’s assist in figuring out a car of curiosity — a darkish blue Ford F-150 with tan trim. 

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are helping the native police with sources — together with their labs to course of forensic proof.

“Detectives are nonetheless actively working this investigation and can proceed to take action till we’ve no additional leads,” stated Sgt. Tonya Tator, of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

Police are asking for the public's help identifying this Ford F-150 in connection to Jared Bridegan's murder.

Police are asking for the general public’s assist figuring out this Ford F-150 in connection to Jared Bridegan’s homicide.
(Jacksonville Seashore Police Division)

Anybody with info ought to contact the Jacksonville Seashore Police Division at 904-270-1661 or First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. A GoFundMe.com account has been arrange for the Bridegan household. 

There’s a $55,000 reward for info resulting in the arrest and conviction of the killer. A majority of the money got here from a fundraiser launched by Jared’s brother, Adam Bridegan, and a buddy, Nate Checketts. When requested whether or not the Gardner household had donated, Adam Bridegan responded, “Not but, however we’d welcome their help.”

Jared Bridegan was gunning down Feb. 16 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, after he encountered this tire in the road.

Jared Bridegan was gunning down Feb. 16 in Jacksonville Seashore, Florida, after he encountered this tire within the street.
(Jacksonville Seashore Police Division)

Kirsten Bridegan has been on the forefront of attempting to deliver her husband’s killer to justice. She has spoken to numerous nationwide media shops, begging the general public to come back ahead with suggestions. The distraught widow has posted flyers throughout north Florida and arranged a vigil to maintain his reminiscence alive.

Kirsten Bridegan and her daughter Bexley at a vigil April 19 for her slain husband.

Kirsten Bridegan and her daughter Bexley at a vigil April 19 for her slain husband.
(Rebecca Rosenberg/ Fox Information Digital)

“The battle doesn’t get simpler. It will get more durable as extra time passes with out solutions. I’m not going to surrender. I’m not going to cease combating for Jared,” she informed Fox Information Digital. “He deserves justice, the household deserves justice and the neighborhood deserves justice.” 

Dueling Memorials

The twins didn’t attend their father’s March 3 funeral. Shelli Gardner, who closed on a $3.5 million trip dwelling in Jacksonville Seashore about three weeks after the homicide, claimed in a weblog publish that her daughter had been “uninvited.”

“After Shanna (together with anybody who knew her) was uninvited from Jared’s funeral providers, Shanna and the twins deliberate their very own celebration of life,” wrote Gardner March 21 on her weblog “So Shelli” underneath the heading “Monumental Quantities of Love.” The sentence has since been deleted.

The publish consists of skilled images of Gardner-Fernandez and her husband, Mario Fernandez, smiling with the twins and dozens of family and friends. 

Shanna Gardner-Fernandez poses with her husband Mario Fernandez and her twins from her marriage to Jared Bridegan.

Shanna Gardner-Fernandez poses along with her husband Mario Fernandez and her twins from her marriage to Jared Bridegan.
(Fb)

A big unfold of Mexican meals and baked treats are featured alongside snaps of grinning visitors gathered within the yard of the Gardner’s new oceanfront property.

A sequence of crucial feedback blasted the occasion as a “PR stunt” and inappropriately joyful.

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 “I’ve by no means seen so many smiles at a celebration of life ceremony for somebody who was murdered in chilly blood. By no means thoughts all the photographs of the meals decorations,” wrote Jay. 

 Gladys identified that Shelli Gardner’s declare was inaccurate and that Gardner-Fernandez was not invited however the kids had been.

Shannon Gardner-Fernandez with her twins from her marriage to ex-husband Jared Bridegan.

Shannon Gardner-Fernandez along with her twins from her marriage to ex-husband Jared Bridegan.
(Fb)

In a reply, Gardner conceded that Kirsten Bridegan had supplied to choose up the twins, take them to the funeral and drop them again off at her mom’s dwelling afterwards — however claimed the youngsters didn’t need to attend with out their mom, who was not invited.

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“As everybody is aware of, there are a number of sides to each story, and I’ve chosen to not share our aspect, for the sake of everybody concerned, particularly our grandchildren,” she wrote. The crucial posts and Gardner’s response to them had been later deleted.

Gardner and Gardner-Fernandez didn’t return requests for remark. Mario Fernandez referred all inquiries to his legal professional Henry Coxe.

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