Arrest made in murder of Microsoft executive Jared Bridegan
The extradition hearing was an attempt by Ms Gardner’s attorneys to prevent her extradition to Duval County where she faces charges of first-degree murder, solicitation to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and child abuse.
The ex-wife of Bridegan is accused of hatching a murder-for-hire plot with her second husband, Mario Fernandez, to kill Bridegan by hiring Henry Tenon to shoot him.
Bridegan was dropping off his two children at Ms Gardner’s home in Jacksonville Beach when he was ambushed and fatally shot. One of his other children was in the car at the time.
Ms Gardner, who resides in Washington state, was arrested on 17 August – more than a year after Bridegan was killed.
The Independent has reached out to Jacksonville State Attorney for comment.
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Florida governor Ron DeSantis has signed an order for the extradition of Shanna Gardner, the Jacksonville State Attorney’s Office confirmed to News4JAX.
Ms Gardner moved to Washington with two children that she shared with her ex-husband Jared Bridegan, who she is accused of killing, after his death.
She was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday morning for her extradition hearing
What Shanna Gardner’s family said after she was arrested
Shanna Gardner-Fernandez’s family issued a statement in the wake of her arrest.
“Words cannot accurately express the depth of our sadness. Family is our top priority. We love our daughter and are focused on supporting her and our entire family as we help our grandchildren navigate this difficult and very confusing time,” her parents, Shelli and Sterling Gardner, said.
“For their sake and all involved, we caution against further speculation and request privacy as the legal process runs its course. In the meantime, we are thankful for the continued support, thoughtfulness and prayers being so generously shared by friends and loved ones.”
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Who is Henry Tenon?
Henry Tenon, 61, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, second-degree murder with a weapon, accessory after the fact to a capital felony and felony child abuse, all relating to Jared Bridegan’s murder in January.
Mr Tenon was served with an arrest warrant and brought to the James I Montgomery Correctional Center.
Mr Tenon was previously on 18 August 2022 for possessing a weapon as a felon and driving with a suspended license, both unrelated to the second-degree murder charges. He has prior convictions for burglary, misdemeanour battery, and some traffic offenses.
Investigators revealed a connection between Mr Tenon and Mr Bridegan’s ex-wife, Shanna Gardner-Fernandez. They said Mr Tenon was living at a home in Jacksonville that was owned by Mario Fernandez, Ms Gardner-Fernandez’s husband at the time of the murder.
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Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, 36, was taken into custody in front of the couple’s children at her Washington state home just before 9am on 17 August 2023 after a year-long investigation.
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Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, 36, has been charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation to commit a capital felony and child abuse
Who is Mario Fernandez?
Mario Fernandez Saldana, 34, was arrested in Kissimmee, Florida, in March, according to State Attorney Melissa Nelson and Jacksonville Beach Police Chief Gene Paul Smith.
Mr Fernandez Saldana is the husband of Bridegan’s ex-wife, Shanna Gardner-Fernandez.
Officials say he has been charged with first-degree murder with a weapon, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, solicitation to commit a capital felony and child abuse.
The arrest of Mr Fernandez Saldana comes months after the arrest of his tenant Henry Tenon, 61, who prosecutors say was the gunman and pulled the trigger in the killing.
According to Mr Fernandea Saldana’s arrest warrant, bank records show that he hand-wrote Mr Tenon three checks.
Prosecutors also say that “phone records show that Tenon and Fernandez had 35 phone contacts in February, 30 contacts in March and five to nine contacts in May and June, 2022.”
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Father-of-four Jared Bridegan, 33, was driving home with his daughter Bexley after dropping his nine-year-old twins with his ex-wife when he was ambushed and shot dead in Jacksonville Beach on 16 February.
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Catch up with the case
Jared Bridegan, 33, was shot multiple times from close range after a tire in the road forced him to pull over. He had just dropped his twin daughters off at their mother’s house when he encountered the road block, and was shot immediately after he exited his car.
In the months since, details of Mr Bridegan’s messy divorce and custody battle with his ex-wife, Shanna Gardener-Fernandez, have come to light, though no further developments in the criminal investigation were announced to the public.
Graig Graziosi reports:
Henry Tenon, who rented a home from Mr Bridegan’s ex-wife’s second husband, has been charged in the father’s murder writes Graig Graziosi