Mother Of 8 CHILDREN . . . Murdered By Husband!!!

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A 34-year-old mother of eight Ashley Nicole Stephens was shot dead in a Jacksonville apartment complex. Police believe her own husband gunned her down.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced the death of on Saturday afternoon.

According to police, they responded to a 9-1-1 call of gunshots heard in the area.

When officers arrived, they discovered Ashley shot dead in the parking lot.

Homicide detectives identified her husband 29-year-old Marco Jarell Stephens as the suspect. Ashley and Marco were reportedly still married but estranged.

Court records revealed Ashley filed for a temporary restraining order against Marco in December of 2017. Neither showed up to the hearing about two weeks later.

Information about what happened was shared with surrounding police departments, and Marco Stephens was located in Pasco County by local law enforcement driving Ashley Stephens' vehicle, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said their homicide detectives are currently in Pasco County conducting investigative efforts. 

The suspect was apprehended on Sunday, and is being held on first degree capital murder charges.

Ashley's cousin, Yucona Mosley, spoke only to Action News Jax Saturday.

“If felt like a lot of pain,” she said. “And I felt like, I don’t know, somebody was really crushing my heart.”