Florida ex-wife of slain Microsoft executive reportedly wanted to ‘shut him up’, tattoo staffer says

EXCLUSIVE: An employee of a Florida tattoo parlor says the Mormon ex-wife of killed a Microsoft executive Jared Bridegan asked if he knew anyone who could ‘shut him up’ in 2015 – after he suffered a surprising ‘upgrade’ to his genitals.

Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, 35, was in the process of divorcing Bridegan at the time – but they were still living under the same roof with their twins in Jacksonville Beach, Florida when he said she made the comment.

“She had told us about his divorce, and she told us that his life could be better if he could just ‘shut up’ and asked if we knew anyone who could ‘shut him up,'” recalls the employee of a 2015 dinner at the Flying Iguana, a local Mexican restaurant.

“I didn’t take it at the time as something harmful,” he added. “Looking back, I can see how it can be taken differently now.”

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Detectives in the case interviewed the Jacksonville tattoo artist last Thursday. He asked that his name be withheld to protect his job.

The employee said he became friends with Gardner-Fernandez after she came to his store for a clitoral piercing, according to a waiver she signed for the procedure.

Bridegen, 33, was shot dead Feb. 16 in Jacksonville Beach in front of his 2-year-old daughter after dropping off his twins at his ex-wife’s house. He had been locked in near-constant litigation with Gardner-Fernandez since she filed for divorce in 2015. He then married Kirsten Bridegan, and they share Bexley, 2, and London, 1.

He was driving home with Bexley strapped into the car seat when he encountered a tire in the road. As Bridegan got out of his black Volkswagen Atlas, an unknown assailant shot him and fled.

Jared Bridegan was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. He married his first wife in a fairy tale wedding in 2010 in Salt Lake Temple in Utah. But Gardner-Fernandez, who comes from a prominent and wealthy Mormon family, stopped going to church and then allegedly had an affair – triggering the acrimonious divorce.

His parents, Sterling and Shelli Gardner, founded the paper craft company Stampin Up!, which has an estimated annual revenue of more than $100 million per year, according to IncFact.

The shocking murder remains unsolved, and the Jacksonville Beach Police Department has not publicly named any suspects. Fox News Digital was first to report that Gardner-Fernandez and her second husband, Mario Fernandez, have hired top criminal defense attorney Henry “Hank” Coxe III.

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Fox News Digital obtained the waivers that Gardner-Fernandez signed on an iPad each time she had service, listing the “improvement” desired, her address and an emergency contact. The document also includes a real-time photo taken on the iPad to verify his identity.

Under the “description of your piercing” heading of the February 24, 2015 waiver, Gardner-Fernandez wrote “clitoris.” She returned to the store for an upper ear piercing and again for a navel piercing — all within the span of a few months, according to documents reviewed by Fox News Digital.

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The worker said he lived in Utah and had Mormon roommates. So he and Gardner-Fernandez struck up a quick bond. She would frequently stop by the salon just to hang out and would often take it out on her future ex-husbandcomplaining that he was “trying to take all his money,” the employee recalled.

Her parents supported the couple financially before the divorce – including a monthly allowance of $8,500 per month, according to court documents.

Although a “vaginal piercing” is a common request, the employee said he was stunned that she underwent the procedure on the “first day” when she arrived “looking like an ordinary mother”.

Within weeks, she underwent a dramatic transformation, he said.

“She went from being this pretty two-shoe girl to being this wild woman,” he said, noting the waiver photos that illustrate the change. “I just remember thinking, well, she’s a changed woman.”

sergeant. Tonya Tator of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department declined to comment, saying the investigation was still ongoing. Kristen Bridegan also declined to comment. Coxe did not immediately return a request for comment.

Matteo Cina contributed to this report

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