Records show the suspects, a Microsoft executive, got into a heated argument in the Mormon church over children’s hair
Microsoft CEO Jared Bridgean allegedly got into an argument with his ex-wife and her second husband He is accused of planning to kill him In February 2022 — at the Mormon church before his death, a witness told police.
Predigan was fatally shot in front of his car after encountering a tire in the middle of an isolated road, which prosecutors believe was jammed, in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. His two-year-old daughter was in the back seat at the time.
The victim’s ex-wife, Shana Gardner Fernandez, is charged First degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and child endangerment in connection with his death. She and her second husband, Mario Fernandez Saldana, are accused of hiring a hitman to carry out the roadside murder.
While speaking with police after Bridigan’s killing, a witness told police she knew the victim through Gardner, whom she was friends with, and that she had “heard stories about the victim’s behavior from” Gardner, police wrote in February 2022.
The account was detailed in a witness statement included in hundreds of pages of documents filed by police in the Bredigan case and released last week by prosecutors.
The witness explained that her husband was involved in an altercation with the victim at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located in Neptune Beach. Her husband was the bishop of the church.
She went on to describe Bridigan as “hot-headed” as well as “controlling and impatient.” She also knew that the couple was going through a “contentious” divorce and an ongoing custody battle.
Several years before Bridigan’s death, Gardner and Fernandez-Saldana went to visit the bishop at the Mormon church in Neptune Beach so he could advise their children on proper hairstyles, according to witnesses.
Gardner and Bridigan’s children “were afraid to ask Bridigan questions for fear of rejection,” Fernandez-Saldana told police in an interview. One of their daughters “once asked if she could dye her hair purple,” and Bridigan apparently told his daughter that “she would not be accepted into the church if she had purple hair.”
“Fernandez-Saldana took the children to the bishop of the Church of Latter-day Saints, whom they happened to be friends with,” police wrote in their report.
The suspect told police that Bridgean then traveled to the church and confronted the bishop.
The bishop, who was also interviewed, told authorities that he was “finishing a counseling session with a church member when Pridgean confronted him.”
“Bridigan’s children wanted to change their hair styles (sic) and he disagreed with their choices. According to (the witness), Bridigan told his children that their choice of hairstyles was a sin,” police wrote of the bishop’s account. “For this reason, Shana Gardner approached (the bishop) so he could talk to the children. (The bishop) told the children that it was ‘ridiculous’ to call it a sin, but he explained that the children needed to respect their parents’ decisions.”
Pridgean apparently “had problems at the counseling session” and confronted the bishop. He also made it clear to the bishop that Gardner was no longer a member of the Latter-day Saints.
“The bishop told Bridigan that this was his congregation and Bridigan couldn’t tell him who he was allowed to serve,” at which point Bridigan apparently became agitated, and “wanted to get out into the parking lot and fight,” the bishop told police. . The witness said the bishop threatened to call the Neptune Police Department, at which point Pridgean left.
In another account, Bridigan’s brother told police, “Gardner will likely feel like her children have been indoctrinated” and “will vent to Fernandez-Saldana about the situation.”
The alleged argument is one of many accounts detailing Bridgean and Gardner’s strained relationship and complex custody battle over their three children. Bridigan has twin daughters and a son with Gardner, as well as two children with his second wife of five years, Kirsten Bridigan. They split custody of the children 50-50.
Bridgean and Gardner met in Utah and were married within two months of meeting. They moved across the country to Connecticut after their son was born because he had a heart condition, and they wanted to live closer to his doctor.
Once his condition stabilized, they moved to Jacksonville to be closer to Bridgean’s parents. Less than a year after their move, the couple separated, and Gardner left the Mormon church, according to Bridgean’s brother.
Pridgean’s family and friends painted a very different picture of the victim from the descriptions given to police by Gardner, Fernandez-Saldana, the bishop and his wife. His brother described him as “a creative person who keeps a close group of friends.” Kirsten told police that her husband “never had any quarrels with anyone and everyone loved him.”
“She said the only people he had ill will toward were Shanna (Gardner) and Mario (Fernandez Saldana),” police wrote.
In another interview with police, Fernandez-Saldana told police that he was “running out of things to give” and that he was “very petty.” He later told authorities that he and Gardner’s children have a “new normal” without Bridigan, but that the victim’s wife, Kirsten, is “making it really difficult,” according to a report. Gardner described her second husband to police as “like a bull.”
Both Gardner and Fernandez-Saldana have pleaded not guilty in connection with Bredigan’s killing. The pair are accused of hiring Fernandez-Saldana Previous tenant, Henry TynionLike a professional killer. Tinnon pleaded guilty to pulling the trigger and agreed to testify against the other suspects.
Fox News Digital reached out to Jose Baez, the attorney representing Gardner, and Jesse Dresser, the attorney representing Fernandez-Saldana.
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