New Info On High Profile Murder Could Change Everything


A Florida tattoo parlor staffer said that when the ex-wife of slain Microsoft executive Jared Bridegan came into the shop for a genital "enhancement" she asked him if he knew anyone who could "shut him up."

Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, 35, was in the process of divorcing Bridegan, 33, at that time in 2015.

"She had been talking to us about her divorce, and she told us her life would just be better if he could just shut up and asked us if we knew anybody that could ‘shut him up,’" recalled the employee of the local Mexican restaurant, Flying Iguana.

"I did not take it at the time as anything nefarious," he added. "In hindsight, I can see how that can be taken differently now."

The Jacksonville tattoo worker, who asked that his name be withheld, was interviewed by detectives last Thursday.

The employee said he and Gardner-Fernandez had become friends after she came to his shop for a clitoris piercing,

Bridegan, and Gardner-Fernandez had been in constant litigation since she'd filed for divorce. He later married Kirsten Bridegan, and they shared Bexley, 2, and London, 1, at the time of the murder

Bridegan was gunned down on Feb. 16 in front of his 2-year-old daughter shortly after dropping the twins off with Gardner-Fernandez.

He was on his way home with Bexley strapped in the car seat when he came upon a tire on the road. As Bridegan stepped out of his black Volkswagen Atlas, he was shot by an unknown assailant who fled.

Jared Bridegan was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and Gardner-Fernandez were married at the Salt Lake Temple in Utah. Soon after Gardner-Fernandez, who’s from a prominent and wealthy Mormon family, stopped attending church, then had an affair.

Investigators are looking at the liability waivers Gardner-Fernandez signed each time she had a service performed at the tattoo parlor stating the desired "enhancement," her address, and an emergency contact. The document also includes a real-time photo taken on an iPad verifying her identity.

Under the heading "description of your piercing" from the Feb. 24, 2015, waiver, Gardner-Fernandez wrote "clit." She returned to the shop for an upper ear piercing and again for a navel piercing — all in the span of a few months, according to documents.

The worker said he used to live in Utah with Mormon roommates, so he and Gardner-Fernandez quickly became friends. She often stopped by the parlor just to hang out and often complained about Bridegan, "trying to take all of her money".

Although a "vaginal piercing" is a common request, the employee said he was shocked that she had gotten that procedure on "day one" when she came in "looking like a regular mother."

In a matter of weeks, she underwent a dramatic transformation, he said.

"She went from this goody two shoes girl to this wild lady," he said. "I just remember thinking, well, this is a changed woman."

Sgt. Tonya Tator, of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, declined to comment, saying it’s still an active investigation.

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