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Ex-wife of murdered Microsoft exec had ‘spied on him’ during their bitter divorce battle

The ex-wife of a Microsoft executive who was shot and killed in front of his two-year-old daughter has hired a criminal defense attorney after she was revealed to have ‘spy’ on him during a bitter divorce.

Shanna Fernandez, 35, and her new husband, Mario, have hired attorney Henry Coxe III, the former president of the Florida Bar who specializes in federal and state criminal cases, as the murder of her ex-husband, Jared Bridegan, remains unsolved.

Coxe told Fox news on Tuesday that he was being detained by the Jacksonville Beach couple “to see if steps could be taken to protect her young twins from publicity surrounding this tragic event.”

“As for any other reason for the family to have or need advice, whether it be myself or anyone else, there is none,” he added.

The legal move comes as Fernandez and Bridegan’s relationship came under heavy scrutiny by investigators after the father of four was gunned down on Feb. 16, and new details continue to emerge about the couple’s messy split.

Shanna Fernandez, 35, pictured, has hired attorney Henry Coxe III, the former president of the Florida Bar who specializes in federal and state criminal cases

Shanna Fernandez, 35, pictured, has hired attorney Henry Coxe III, the former president of the Florida Bar who specializes in federal and state criminal cases

Coxe said he was being held by Fernandez and her husband Mario to protect the privacy of her twins, Abby and Liam (the composite family in the photo), as the murder case of her ex-husband and the child's biological father remains unsolved .

Coxe said he was being held by Fernandez and her husband Mario to protect the privacy of her twins, Abby and Liam (the composite family in the photo), as the murder case of her ex-husband and the child’s biological father remains unsolved .

Pictured: Jared and his wife, Kirsten, the twins and their two daughters Brexley, two, and London, seven months.  Kirsten says she wants to know who killed her husband in order to explain his death to his children

Pictured: Jared and his wife, Kirsten, the twins and their two daughters Brexley, two, and London, seven months. Kirsten says she wants to know who killed her husband in order to explain his death to his children

Jared Bridegan, 33, was killed in a targeted attack in Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Jared's 2-year-old daughter Brexley was in the car when he was murdered

Jared’s two-year-old daughter Brexley was in the car when he was killed. She still asks her mother about ‘the boom’ – that’s how she refers to the shots she heard

A friend of the couple told Fox that Bridegan and Fernandez’s relationship started off lovingly, but finances were always in the background.

Fernandez – the daughter of Sterling and Shelli Gardner, who co-founded the Utah-based Stampin’ Up! paper craft business – would have courted Bridegan in 2009 with the promise of a luxury from her parents’ $100 million business.

“It was like saying, ‘Look at my lifestyle, I can fly you anywhere, my parents pay for everything,'” the friend told Fox.

In 2015, the couple had moved with their twins, Abby and Liam, to Bridegan’s hometown, Jacksonville Beach, to cater to Liam’s heart condition, which forced him to live at sea level.

At that point, the marriage broke down and Fernandez filed for divorce, saying their marriage had been “broken irretrievably,” according to court documents.

During the proceedings, Fernandez demanded exclusive occupancy of the family’s home and custody of the twins, and accused their father of threatening to withdraw money from their children’s trust funds for his own use, Fox reported.

Bridegan told the court that he deserved custody, alimony and child support, and ownership of the house, as she had the means to live elsewhere.

He also accused her of spying on him by hiding baby monitors in the twins’ bedroom, one under Abby’s dresser and another under Liam’s bed, and by attaching a tracking device to his car.

‘This is enough!!! I should have the damn right to my own property not to be constantly tapped or monitored by Shanna,” he wrote to his divorce attorney on May 17, 2015.

Bridegan added that Fernandez reportedly canceled an important heart surgery appointment for their son in June 2015, the last straw for the father who had ever tried to keep his marriage.

Jared and Kirsten met through a dating app when she lived in North Carolina and he lived in Florida.  They got married in 2017 and can be seen on their wedding day with his children from his first marriage as he continued legal battle with Fernandez

Jared and Kirsten met through a dating app when she lived in North Carolina and he lived in Florida. They got married in 2017 and can be seen on their wedding day with his children from his first marriage as he continued legal battle with Fernandez

Kirsten told those in attendance that she hopes to send a message and

Kirsten told those in attendance that she hopes to send a message and “put pressure” on those responsible for the Feb. 16 shooting, which took place just minutes from both the park and Shanna Fernandez’s nearby home.

Although they agreed to share custody in 2015, the couple will continue to fight in court for six years, during which they were both linked to other people.

Bridegan married Kristen in 2017, with whom he has two children, while Fernandez married Mario in 2018.

During the ongoing legal battle, Fernandez filed her own series of allegations against Bridegan, claiming in 2019 that he coached their children to make statements against her and take the testimonies in court, Fox reported.

She demanded a social inquiry into the case, which was denied, and in June 2021 she filed another motion accusing her ex-husband of not letting her borrow a ventilator for their son.

“The father apparently finds his vindictiveness towards the mother more important than protecting the health and life of his son,” her lawyer wrote in the file.

The court awarded Fernandez $571 and exclusive ownership of the respirator for her son four months before Bridegan was due to be murdered.

Bridegan had just dropped the twins off at his ex-wife’s house at about 7:30pm on Feb. 16 and was taking his regular route home when he stopped to move a tire placed in the way — a trap, police believe, to lure him out of his vehicle.

He was shot several times at close range next to the driver’s door of his Volkswagen Atlas. Bridegan’s two-year-old daughter, Bexley, was in the car, strapped to her infant seat.

The brutal crime sent shockwaves through the quiet Florida beach town, with Bridegan’s friends and family deeply shocked that someone had had to attack the man who, they say, had no enemies.

The devout Mormon tech executive was, according to his grieving widow, a devoted and wonderful father to twins Liam and Abbie, daughter Bexley and their youngest daughter London, just seven months old.

Kirsten held a memorial service for her late husband in March, which was not attended by Fernandez, nor their twins, Abby and Liam.

Kirsten held a memorial service for her late husband in March, which was not attended by Fernandez, nor their twins, Abby and Liam.

The Microsoft executive was found 3.5 miles from Shanna's home after dropping off the children on Feb. 16.  It was on a quiet stretch of road, where there were no security cameras

The Microsoft executive was found 3.5 miles from Shanna’s home after dropping off the children on Feb. 16. It was on a quiet stretch of road, where there were no security cameras

In now-deleted blog posts obtained by DailyMail.com, Bridegan's former mother-in-law, Shelli Gardner, 60, initially claimed that Shanna

In now-deleted blog posts obtained by DailyMail.com, Bridegan’s former mother-in-law, Shelli Gardner, 60, initially claimed that Shanna “and anyone who knows her” was “not invited” to the funeral.

Despite the tragedy, Fernandez and the twins did not attend his funeral and instead held a separate memorial service several weeks later.

In now-deleted blog posts obtained by DailyMail.com, Bridegan’s former mother-in-law Shelli, 60, initially claimed that Fernandez “and anyone who knows her” was “not invited” to the funeral.

She wrote: “After Shanna (along with everyone who knew her) was not invited to Jared’s funeral services, Shanna and the twins planned their own celebration of life.”

When comments were posted that contradicted this statement, Gardner re-posted: “As everyone knows there are multiple sides to every story and I have chosen not to share our side, for the sake of everyone involved, especially our children.” .

“I would like to clarify a few points. Yes, Kirsten offered to pick up Liam and Abby for the memorial and then bring them back… but since no one of Jared’s family, including his parents, had reached Liam and Abby, the twins didn’t want to be without their mother. to be.’

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