Arrest made in murder of Microsoft executive Jared Bridegan
The widow of a Microsoft executive who was shot and killed in an ambush shooting last year has spoken out to say that she is “not surprised” by the sudden arrest of his ex-wife on suspicion of murder.
Jared Bridegan, 33, was shot dead after dropping off his two children at his ex-wife Shanna Gardner’s home near Jacksonville, Florida. A third child — Mr Bridegan’s with his second wife — was in the car at the time of the shooting and was uninjured.
Mario Fernandez, Ms Gardner-Fernandez’s second husband, was arrested in March and was charged with orchestrating the murder by hiring Henry Tenon, a tenant residing in one of his properties, to kill Mr Bridegan. Mr Tenon has admitted to shooting the executive.
In a major break on Thursday, police annonced that Ms Gardner had been indicted on a first-degree murder charge and is accused of conspiring to have her husband killed.
Following the announcement, Gardner’s widow Kirsten Gardner revealed that she had suspicions about his ex-wife for some time. “I’m not surprised, to be honest,” she told Fox News Digital.
Friend of Jared Bridegan breaks silence after father’s ex-wife is charged in his murder
A friend of murdered father of four and Microsoft executive Jared Bridegan has spoken out after Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, Mr Bridegan’s ex-wife, was charged with his murder.
He called the revelation “absolutely wild,” in an interview with The Daily Beast.
“I’m relieved for Jared’s family,” Nate Sanders told the outlet, noting he had seen the effect his ex-wife had on his friend. “As I’ve said before, no one who knew how Shanna treated Jared or her character is surprised by this. I’m just thinking about the Bridegans today and how bittersweet this event is.”
Oliver O’Connell18 August 2023 21:00
Watch: Bodycam shows Mario Fernandez’s arrest for accusations of arranging Jared Bridegan’s murder
News4JAX obtained bodycam footage on Friday from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office showing the man accused of planning Jared Bridegan’s death being arrested in March, just over a year after Bridegan was killed in an ambush shooting in Jacksonville Beach.
Oliver O’Connell18 August 2023 20:30
Who is Mario Fernandez, the man accused of orchestrating Jared Bridegan’s murder?
Mario Fernandez, a Florida landlord, was arrested in March on suspicion of orchestrating the murder of Jared Bridegan.
Mr Fernandez is married to Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, Mr Bridegan’s ex-wife.
Police believe the landlord hired Henry Tenon, a tenant residing in one of his properties, to kill Mr Bridegan. Mr Tenon has admitted to shooting the executive.
Mr Bridegan was shot and killed while trying to move a tire out of the road that was blocking his vehicle on his way back from his ex-wife’s home.
Oliver O’Connell18 August 2023 20:00
Authorities have not given motive for murder
Authorities have not given a motive for the murder, but an arrest warrant states “the investigation into Bridegan’s background revealed a highly acrimonious divorce from his ex-wife, Shanna Gardner, and a contentious relationship with both Gardner and Fernandez Saldana.”
Oliver O’Connell18 August 2023 19:00
Jared Bridegan’s widow pleads for her children to be reunited with half-sisters
Kristen Bridegan told reporters that Jared’s children with his ex-wife, twins Abby and Liam, had been “kept away and isolated from us” while living with their mother, stepfather and maternal grandparents.
“Despite my constant requests to see or speak to them, I have been denied and continuously ignored,” she said through tears.
“I plead with the Gardners to put the emotional and mental well-being of Liam and Abby above all else and allow them to reconnect with us. We are their family, we love them… Let our children be siblings again and put them first and do what’s right.”
Oliver O’Connell18 August 2023 17:45
Recap: Ex-wife of slain Microsoft exec Jared Bridegan charged with first degree murder
The ex-wife of slain Microsoft executive Jared Bridegan, who was fatally shot by a gunman as he drove home with his two-year-old daughter, has been arrested and charged with his murder.
Shanna Gardner-Fernandez was arrested in Washington state on Thursday and will be extradited back to Duval County, Florida, where she has been indicted by a grand jury on a charge of first-degree murder and child abuse.
“We promised at the outset of this investigation we would not relent until we uncovered the truth of Jared’s murder, the whole and entire truth,” State Attorney Melissa Nelson told reporters.
Oliver O’Connell18 August 2023 16:39
Toddler in Jared Bridegan’s car narrowly avoided being hit by gunfire
Jared Bridegan’s toddler, who was in the car with him on the night of his murder, reportedly narrowly avoided being hit by gunfire.
Mr Bridegan was returning home after dropping two of his children off at his ex-wife, Shanna Gardner-Fernandez’s home, when his path was blocked by a tire in the road. When he exited his car to move the tire, a gunman emerged and shot him.
Though Mr Bridegan’s daughter — a child he had with his second wife — was in the car, she was unharmed. However, investigators found bullets had entered the car’s interior just inches away from where the toddler was seated.
Oliver O’Connell18 August 2023 15:30
Shanna Gardner-Fernandez’s comments following ex-husband’s murder
Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, the ex-wife of Jared Bridegan, sat for an interview following her ex-husband’s murder, during which she expressed sadness that he had been killed, stating that he was “still the father of my children.”
“Any time divorce comes into any situation it’s messy,” she told WJAX in July 2022 following his murder.
“Even though we didn’t always get along, he was still the father of my kids,” she said, claiming she “fell to the floor because I was devastated” when she learned he had been killed.
She has now been charged with first degree murder relating to the death of Mr Bridegan.
Ms Gardner-Fernandez insisted at the time she had no idea who carried out the murder.
Oliver O’Connell18 August 2023 14:26
Microsoft exec Jared Bridegan was shot dead in a chilling ambush. Did his ex wife arrange it?
Jared Bridegan’s ex-wife, Shanna Gardner-Ferenandez, has been charged with his murder.
Though she did not pull the trigger the night he was gunned down outside his car, investigators believe a spiteful divorce led to her orchestrating, along with her new husband and a gunman, the murder of her ex-husband.
Here is everything you need to know about the murder of Jared Bridegan.
Graeme Massie18 August 2023 13:01
Kristen Bridegon says she always felt ex-wife was responsible
“From very, very early on, everything in my body and soul told me she was behind it,” Kristen Bridegan told reporters after it was announced Shanna Garner-Fernandez had been arrested and charged with the murder of Jared Bridegan.
Graeme Massie18 August 2023 12:03
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/jared-bridegan-killed-microsoft-ex-wife-update-b2395218.html Jared Bridegan’s ex-wife Shanna Gardner charged over Microsoft executive’s murder plot