Cheryl Hepner Allegedly Shot Her Son-in-Law, Which He Recorded on His iPhone

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Expecting that some sort of confrontation might take place when he picked up his son from his estranged mother-in-law's house, 39-year-old Salvatore Miglino started the video recorder on his iPhone.

Sure enough, the cops say she shot him.

Cheryl Hepner, 66, is now in jail on an attempted first-degree murder charge, and the Broward Sheriff's Office has released the video Miglino recorded on his phone.

The cops say this happened on Wednesday afternoon, when Miglino went to his mother-in-law's Tamarac home to pick up his 3-year-old son. A court order allows Miglino to pick up his boy every Wednesday night.

This Wednesday, however, the sheriff's office says Hepner met him outside with the boy's pillow and his bag.

Hepner told Miglino that his father-in-law wanted to speak to him inside the house, and Miglino can be heard on tape saying, "I can't do it right now."

A few seconds after that, Hepner apparently pulled a gun out that she was hiding behind the pillow and fired three shots at Miglino, hitting him in the rib cage and the shoulder.

The sheriff's office says Miglino fell on top of her, and he yells, "I can't believe you did that. I can't believe you shot me."

After a brief scuffle on the ground, Miglino manages to get up and take off.

When Hepner was asked for her version of events, she told investigators Miglino tried to shoot her, but she knocked the gun out of his hand and shot him instead.

The video didn't quite agree with that, and she was arrested last night on an attempted first-degree murder charge.

Miglino has since been released from the hospital.

Here's the video (mostly audio):



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ErinHIlburn
ErinHIlburn

So the child was inside? Just trying to clarify. Selfish assholes, way to scar your child/grandchild for life...because even if the child was inside, you can't miss hearing GUNSHOTS

Nicole
Nicole

These things happen more often than you think.  When my friend was going through a nasty divorce, I convinced him to record every single interaction between him and his now ex-wife during custody exchanges and over the phone.  Even his lawyer and expert witness told him to never go into the house during exchanges, even when invited, because people have been known to shot and kill, only to blame the victim for trespassing and claiming self-defense.  My friend was never shot at, but his ex-wife would call the police when he would show up claiming he was harassing her, she would try to pick fights with him and say the most ridiculous things all while being secretly recorded.  All of that evidence was used to secured child custody by my friend.  And in Texas, its usually the mom who always gets custody.  I'm so glad this guy wasn't killed by the crazy B.

ftl
ftl

is it Funny, when you try to record a cop, you get arrested.   but now you go free.

why is evidence against cops unlawful?

Guy English
Guy English

I went through a nasty divorce several years ago and my now ex-inlaw was trouble from the word go. I took precautions myself to insure my safety and our daughters, I would only accept transfer of our daughter at locations with cameras and I used a pocket recorder turned on all the time, unknown to them. I did this because almost every Friday I would get another motion filed against me over some trumped up nonsense. I got wise and started picking up my daughter with someone with me. They tried several times to get me alone and I wouldn't. For the record I was awarded custody after a 2 day trial...so yes I do believe this can happen especially if it appears the father has done nothing and has been a good parent if the other parent believes they could lose, drastic measures are taken thinking they are justified taking the assumption that the guy is always guilty and now must prove he is innocent. Another woman victim.

He was very lucky he wasn't killed. Also, I find it convenient that the wife was away when this took place. I would not be surprised if she wasn't in on this too. In these types of arrangements it is a specific time to do the pickup and drop off. Odd she wasn't there. Also the father was in the house and that makes me wonder if he was a party to this too since it looks like she intended to shoot him in the house and when he didn't come in she shot him right there.

FQS9000
FQS9000

18 to 24 months in jail should fix her ass right up.

KKangaroo
KKangaroo

I like Eddie Murphys guinea pig character screaming in the background.

Teddymg52
Teddymg52

HAHAH crazy old bat, she can now rot in jail...TTFN

Anne Louise
Anne Louise

Ugly mean btch needs to spend some time in prison. I don't care what this guy did - pulling a gun on him is beyond being angry. I am so glad we have cell phones that can record video!!! Good luck to the victim.

Elroyboytoy
Elroyboytoy

I'd like to know how he predicted trouble. I cant imagine he predicted that she'd shoot him. Camera ready is not the same as bullet proof.

Drew4U
Drew4U

I hope that Miglino will fully recover from being shot. That is so horrible. 

Lizzie Gowers
Lizzie Gowers

How can someone be charged with first-degree murder if the victim didn't die? I think you meant something more along the lines ATTEMPTED murder.

My2Cents
My2Cents

"When Miglino was asked for her version of events, she told investigators Miglino tried to shoot her, but she knocked the gun out of his hand and shot him instead."

might want to check that...

Elka Zwick
Elka Zwick

Nicole, I hear this a lot on the helpline for which I work.  

Promontorium
Promontorium

If you record a cop, they'll arrest you and often make that recording disappear. However most police keep car cameras on 24/7 and many are starting to keep personal cameras on their body recording everything, but good luck ever getting that footage to be turned over if it shows them to be guilty. 

Derek Schloesser
Derek Schloesser

They consider it unlawful because of old wire tapping laws that their using to cover their butt's. Police misconduct is rampant through out the country and this is an end around to stop the lawsuits that are brought forth due to taping.  It is b.s. if you ask me.

Promontorium
Promontorium

Clearly it was premeditated. I doubt we'll ever find out if wife was in on it because these Keystone Kops seem completely incapable of handling this case. They wouldn't arrest her until the recording was presented. Let's look at the facts, he has bullets in him, she is an old woman, who do you think had the gun first? Chuck Norris grandma? Yeah, but let's look deeper, who owned the gun? Oh, well they still haven't figured that one out yet. 

The way to know if the daughter was in on it would be to see who told the victim to be there at that exact time. If the daughter did, then she's definitely in on it. The grandma would have had to go behind her back to set the time otherwise, and convince the mother to be somewhere else at the time. 

 I wouldn't put any blame on the grandfather just yet, he's apparently bed ridden and dying of cancer. 

Pisces7222
Pisces7222

please 18 months???REALLY...she should rot in jail for at least 10!!!

Redone
Redone

She is looking at a Min of  15 yrs because she committed a felony with a firearm, where she shot someone.  From looking at her 15 yrs will make her one really old bitch.

guest
guest

Anne, when you grow up, I hope you aren't on the other end of your sexism.  Actually, I hope you are. 

Elka Zwick
Elka Zwick

As an advocate for under-served victims of domestic violence, I believe that he knew from previous interactions that there would probably be problems.  That is why he videotaped it; he wanted a witness.  

Promontorium
Promontorium

You've clearly never dealt with a divorce. In laws turn into wild animals and take on unhuman forms rallying around their "wounded" family member. I'm sure he knew there would be trouble, because HE WAS SHOT. If you knew someone hated you to the core wouldn't you feel at unease any time you were around them? The very fact that this wasn't completely out of the blue is why he was recording. Obviously he didn't expect to be murdered but he probably knew she was willing to fabricate an altercation and tell the police a different story. My experience - watched my parents divorce, watched my grandparents, aunts, and uncles turn into wolves.

RBLRDR
RBLRDR

I suspect that the trouble he predicted would have more to do with custody interference. It happens all the time in divorces.  The parents who experience it eventually want some kind of proof.

woefatcat
woefatcat

The piece says he was released from the hospital but it didn't say to where. It could have been the morgue...

Guin
Guin

Uh, you can hear it on the video.  That clearly didn't happen.

Elka Zwick
Elka Zwick

Is that at least ten months or ten years?

Promontorium
Promontorium

What sexism are you talking about? Shooting someone isn't a matter of biology. 

Pisces7222
Pisces7222

and the courts usually don't believe the guy anyway...I can only imagine what they would have been saying had he not recorded this!

My2Cents
My2Cents

I know it didn't, I was actually referring to the typo of the names the writer used.

Elka Zwick
Elka Zwick

Thank you, Joshua.  I didn't see any sexism either.  

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