ST. LUCIE COUNTY — Sheriff’s investigators arrested a 39-year-old man Monday in connection with the death of his estranged wife, Bridget Music, whose body was found in a canal east of Interstate 95.
Jacob Lee Music, of the 2800 block of Reynolds Drive in Fort Pierce, was jailed on single counts each of murder and arson after being linked to the death of his 30-year-old wife.
Bridget Music’s body was found just before 4 p.m. Monday in a canal south of Indrio Road. Her shirt was on, but her jeans and underwear were floating next to her.
“She would do anything for anybody,” said Adam Cotter, 30, whose brother, Eric Cotter, had a son with Bridget Music. “She loved her kids.”
Bridget Music’s burned vehicle was spotted early Sunday morning in the 6200 block of North U.S. 1 in northern St. Lucie County. Investigators smelled gas from debris on the front floor and indicated it was “obvious” the cause was arson.
After Bridget Music’s sister learned the car had been burned, she confronted Jacob Music.
She said Jacob Music told her, “(Expletive), I’ll murder you, too.”
Jacob Music was arrested in August 2010 on an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon charge in connection with an incident involving Bridget Music. In that case, a deputy met her and her children at a fire station in Fort Pierce and she said she was scared and didn’t want to go home. She told investigators that she and Jacob Music argued about tattoos. She said he grabbed her by the throat, eventually getting a kitchen knife and threatening to kill her.
On Monday, when investigators found Bridget Music’s body, her throat was cut and she had defensive wounds to her hands.
At one point, Jacob Music said he met Bridget Music at a gas station in Lakewood Park on Saturday afternoon and gave her money to pay her drug dealer.
Sheriff’s officials determined Jacob Music gave a variety of accounts of what happened to acquaintances. Jacob Music ultimately said, “Yea, I killed Bridget, but (another person) was involved.”
No other arrests have been made in the case, nor do sheriff’s officials have immediate plans to do so, a sheriff’s official said. Still, the investigation is continuing.
Eric Cotter, 35, said he has a son, Christian, 11, with Bridget Music, but that they split up more than a decade ago. He said Bridget Music was staying at his parents’ home to help her get back on her feet. She reportedly was working at a gas station in Vero Beach.
“She was an outgoing fun-loving person, she had many friends and she wasn’t hated at all,” Eric Cotter said. “She made friends anywhere she went.”
He said Bridget Music, who also had an 8-year-old son by a different father, struggled for years with drugs.
“She liked to have a good time,” Eric Cotter said. “She was a party girl.”
Jacob Music was held Tuesday in the St. Lucie County jail without bail, a jail official said.