The Florida ex-wife of murdered Microsoft supervisor Jared Bridegan denied having an affair that ended their marriage — however her former private coach who says he was her one-time lover contradicted her declare in an interview with Fox Information Digital.
As a Christmas reward in late 2014, Bridegan purchased his then-wife, Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, a bundle of coaching periods — however the health teacher stated the connection turned romantic weeks later.
The mysterious unsolved homicide of 33-year-old Bridegan handed a milestone Tuesday with the six-month anniversary of his dying.
He was gunned down Feb. 16 in entrance of his toddler daughter, Bexley, on a wooded stretch of highway in an upscale suburb of north Florida.
The daddy of 4 left behind 10-year-old twins from his first marriage and two daughters, Bexley, 2, and London, 1, from his second.
“The previous six months have been the toughest months of my life,” his widow, Kirsten Bridegan, 31, advised Fox Information Digital. “Jared was my sense of safety and stability — he was my power. All of that was gone instantly due to the cowardly acts of others.”
Amid intensifying public scrutiny, Gardner-Fernandez, 35, gave a uncommon interview to native newspaper the Florida Instances-Union in June by which she “denied revealed studies she had an affair that led to the top of the wedding.”
Gardner-Fernandez, the scion of a outstanding Mormon household in Utah, additionally insisted she had nothing to do with the execution of her ex-husband, with whom she had been locked in a bitter, years-long divorce and custody battle that solely ended along with his dying.
The coach stated Gardner-Fernandez, whose household owns the multimillion-dollar paper-craft firm Stampin’ Up!, advised him that she and Bridegan have been separated for months when their periods allegedly took an unprofessional flip.
“They weren’t actually talking,” stated the trainer, who requested that his identify be withheld to guard his privateness. “They have been dwelling in reverse ends of the home. She stated she had grown up Mormon and didn’t need that [anymore].” Bridegan, however, remained a religious member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Bridegan’s relations stated the pair didn’t separate till shortly earlier than Gardner-Fernandez filed for divorce on Feb. 23, 2015 — after the design supervisor allegedly discovered sexually express messages between his then-wife and the person who claims he was her weight-lifting lover.
Buddies stated the doting father was prepared to forgive the betrayal for the sake of their kids — however Gardner-Fernandez needed out, giving the decide a terse clarification for the cut up, “We don’t love one another anymore,” in accordance with court docket papers.
The day after submitting for divorce, Gardner-Fernandez visited a tattoo parlor to get a piercing and listed her trainer-turned-alleged paramour as her emergency contact, in accordance with a waiver obtained by Fox Information Digital. On the time, she and Bridegan have been nonetheless dwelling collectively, household court docket paperwork say.
Bridegan and Gardner-Fernandez each remarried — however the acrimony between them persevered, with the exes often butting heads over their conflicting approaches to elevating their kids.
A staffer on the twins’ non-public elementary college stated Gardner-Fernandez brazenly disparaged Bridegan.
“The primary time I met her she introduced up the divorce and painted him in a not excellent mild,” she advised Fox Information Digital. “There was this disdain.”
Bridegan was ambushed after he dropped off the twins at Gardner-Fernandez’s home in Jacksonville Seaside.
He was driving residence with Bexley when he encountered a tire within the highway. When he stepped out to maneuver it, he was repeatedly shot.
A regulation enforcement supply stated Gardner-Fernandez and her husband, Mario Fernandez, stay suspects — however officers are quick on leads and haven’t publicly recognized any suspects.
Gossip over the alleged affair even cropped up after the homicide in feedback on a weblog run by Gardner-Fernandez’s mother, Shelli Gardner, referred to as “So Shelli.”
Gardner posted photographs of a memorial service held by her household for the slain father that includes smiling visitors and a variety of connoisseur taco fixings. The occasion was in lieu of the funeral, which the twins and Gardner-Fernandez didn’t attend.
In a since-deleted remark, a person recognized as Jessica wrote, “Shanna CHEATED on Jared!”
Gardner responded, “That’s not true. That’s what Jared advised individuals.”
The coach stated his relationship with Gardner-Fernandez solely lasted a couple of months as a result of “she was going by means of so much” along with her breakup.
Former Manhattan prosecutor Daniel Bibb, who now works as a prison protection lawyer, stated the alleged affair is related to the homicide probe.
“Assuming what the private coach stated is true, any time an individual demonstratively lies throughout a murder investigation, it exhibits a consciousness of guilt,” he stated. “It’s not in regards to the affair, it’s that she might have lied when she is aware of she’s below scrutiny.”
Felony protection lawyer Henry Coxe III, who represents Gardner-Fernandez and her husband, didn’t instantly return a request for remark.
The investigation, which is being carried out by the Jacksonville Seaside Police Division and the state lawyer’s workplace for the Fourth Judicial District, is ongoing.
“We’re continually getting info again to us, and with that info detectives must work from there. This case continues to be very lively,” Sgt. Tonya Tator stated.
The Jacksonville Seaside Police Division has requested for the general public’s assist in figuring out a automobile of curiosity, a darkish blue Ford F-150 captured on surveillance video close to the crime scene.
A spokesman for the state lawyer’s workplace, David Chapman, declined to remark.
Kirsten Bridegan stated she gained’t surrender till her husband’s killers are delivered to justice.
“Not solely was this an assault on my husband and his life, it was an assault on the household we constructed collectively, and I gained’t take it mendacity down,” she stated. “I’ll maintain preventing till the top. Whether or not it takes six extra months or six extra years, I’ll proceed preventing for him and the youngsters.”