You think your wife’s mother is tough to handle because she makes snide comments about whether you’re a good provider? You think your husband’s mother is unbearable because she treats you like a gold-digging hussy? You think you’ve heard all the Mother-in-Law From Hell stories. This one wins.
When Miglino arrived on Wednesday to pick up his son from Granny’s house, he says he expected some sort “confrontation” with Hepner (by court order, Miglino is allowed to pick up his boy every Wednesday night). Hepner then invited Miglino into the house to speak with her husband. Miglino declined. It’s then that three shots were fired at Miglino outside of the Tamarac, Florida home, two of them striking the Florida man.
One bullet, allegedly fired from Hepner’s .22 Beretta, struck Miglino in the rib cage. Another hit him in the shoulder.
And how do we know all of this? Because, in anticipation of this “confrontation,” Miglino began recording the conversation on his iPhone. It appears as if the recording device was situated in the car’s front seat. Once the shots were fired, Miglino fell on top of her and a scuffle ensued.
“I can’t believe you did that! I can’t believe you did that! What are you crazy?,” he exclaims. “Get the f&*k off me you son of a bitch,” she responds, as if her day has been inconvenienced.
Miglino survived the gunshots and has been released from the hospital.
Hepner is being held at a Broward County jail without bail, awaiting an attempted first-degree murder charge. On Friday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office released the video above.
It’s unclear as to the status of the three-year-old child, what he witnessed, where he is at this moment and where he will end up. It’s also unclear what the wife knew or didn’t know.
The Smoking Gun also has the dueling 911 calls, if you’d like to listen to those. The website also notes, “According to the affidavit, investigators charge that Hepner ‘did knowingly and intentionally plan to kill and murder Mr. Miglino from a premeditated design.’ She did this, they continued, to keep Miglino from taking her grandson to New York ‘in the midst of this embattlement of child custody disputes.’”
It seems like an open-and-shut case based on the iPhone audio alone. Then again, if this were a Law & Order episode, maybe we’d find out that Miglino set up the device to only record the audio and shot himself as part of some cunning ruse. Nahhh, only in Dick Wolf’s wonderland.