Slain Microsoft exec, suspects got into heated argument at Mormon church over kids' hair, records show

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Slain Microsoft executive Jared Bridegan sewage into an alleged statement pinch his ex-wife and her 2nd hubby – who are accused of plotting his murder successful February 2022 – astatine a Mormon religion earlier his death, a witnesser told police.

Bridegan was fatally changeable successful beforehand of his car aft coming crossed a tyre successful nan mediate of a secluded road, which prosecutors judge was a setup, successful Jacksonville Beach, Florida. His then-2-year-old girl was successful nan backmost spot astatine nan time.

The victim's ex-wife, Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, is charged pinch first-degree murder, conspiracy to perpetrate first-degree execution and kid endangerment counts successful relationship pinch his death. She and her 2nd husband, Mario Fernandez-Saldana, are accused of hiring a hitman to transportation retired nan roadside murder.

While speaking pinch constabulary aft Bridegan's murder, 1 witnesser told constabulary she knew nan unfortunate done Gardner, whom she was friends with, and had "heard stories astir nan victim's behaviour from" Gardner, constabulary wrote successful February 2022.

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The relationship is elaborate successful a witnesser connection included successful hundreds of pages of documents constabulary revenge successful Bridegan's lawsuit that prosecutors released past week. 

The witnesser "explained her hubby was progressive successful an altercation pinch nan unfortunate astatine nan Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located successful Neptune Beach." Her hubby was nan church's bishop. 

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She would spell connected to picture Bridegan arsenic a "hot head," arsenic good arsenic "controlling and impatient." She besides knew that nan mates had a "contentious" divorcement and an ongoing custody battle.  

Several years earlier Bridegan's death, Gardner and Fernandez-Saldana went to sojourn nan bishop astatine nan Mormon religion successful Neptune Beach truthful that he could counsel their children connected due hairstyles, according to witnesses.

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Fernandez-Saldana told constabulary successful an question and reply that Gardner and Bridegan's children "were acrophobic to inquire Bridegan questions complete a fearfulness of rejection." One of their daughters "once asked if she could dye her hairsbreadth purple," and Bridegan apparently told his girl "she would not beryllium accepted into nan religion if she had purple hair."

"Fernandez Saldana took nan children to a Bishop for nan Church of Latter-Day Saints, who they happened to beryllium friends with," constabulary wrote successful their report.

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Bridegan past traveled to nan religion and confronted nan bishop, nan fishy told police.

The bishop, who was besides interviewed, told authorities that "he was finishing a counseling convention pinch a personnel of nan religion erstwhile Bridegan confronted him."

"Bridegan's children wanted to alteration their hairsbreadth styles [sic] and he disagreed pinch their choices. According to [the witness], Bridegan told his children their prime of hairstyles was sinful," constabulary wrote of nan bishop's account. "Due to this, Shannah Gardner approached [the bishop] truthful he could talk to nan children. [The bishop] told nan children it was ‘silly’ to telephone it sinful, but he explained nan children needed to grant their parent's decisions."

Bridegan apparently "had issues pinch nan counseling session" and confronted nan bishop. He besides explained to nan bishop that Gardner was nary longer a personnel of nan Latter-day Saints.

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The bishop "informed Bridegan it was his congregation and Bridegan could not show him who he was allowed to curate to," astatine which constituent Bridegan apparently became agitated, and "wanted to measurement retired to nan parking batch and fight," nan bishop told police. The bishop threatened to telephone nan Neptune Police Department, astatine which constituent Bridegan left, nan witnesser said.

In different account, Bridegan's relative told police, "Gardner would astir apt consciousness for illustration her children were being indoctrinated" and "would vent to Fernandez Saldana astir nan situation."

The alleged statement is 1 of galore accounts detailing Bridegan's and Gardner's vexed narration and analyzable custody conflict complete their 3 children. Bridegan has 2 copy daughters and a boy pinch Gardner, arsenic good arsenic 2 children pinch his 2nd woman of 5 years, Kirsten Bridegan. They divided custody of nan children 50-50.

Bridegan and Gardner met successful Utah and joined wrong 2 months of meeting. They moved crossed nan state to Connecticut aft nan commencement of their boy because he had a bosom condition, and they wanted to unrecorded person to his doctor. 

Once his information stabilized, they moved to Jacksonville to beryllium person to Bridegan's parents. Less than a twelvemonth aft moving, nan mates divorced, and Gardner near nan Mormon church, according to an relationship from Bridegan's brother.

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Bridegan's family and friends painted a very different image of nan unfortunate than nan descriptions Gardner, Fernandez-Saldana, nan bishop and his woman gave to police. His relative described him arsenic "a imaginative personification who kept a adjacent group of friends." Kirsten told constabulary her hubby did not person "any disagreements pinch anyone and everyone likes him."

"She said nan only personification who had sick will toward him is Shanna [Gardner] and Mario [Fernandez-Saldana]," constabulary wrote.

In different question and reply pinch police, Fernandez-Saldana told constabulary he was "running retired of f---s to give" and is "very petty." He told authorities later connected that he and Gardner's children had a "new normal" without Bridegan, but nan victim's wife, Kirsten, was "making it really difficult," according to a report. Gardner described her 2nd hubby arsenic a "like a pit bull" to police. 

Both Gardner and Fernandez-Saldana person pleaded not blameworthy successful relationship pinch Bridegan's murder. The brace is accused of hiring Fernandez-Saldana's former tenant, Henry Tenon, arsenic a hitman. Tenon pleaded blameworthy to pulling nan trigger and agreed to attest against nan different suspects.

Fox News Digital has reached retired to Jose Baez, nan lawyer representing Gardner, and Jesse Dreicer, nan lawyer representing Fernandez-Saldana.