Jared Galen Bridegan – June 29, 1988 – February 16, 2022

Feb. 16, 2022 JB had just dropped off his 10-year-old twin son and daughter at his ex-wife’s home in Jacksonville Beach and was headed back to St. Augustine, where he lived. With his 2-year-old daughter in the car, he stopped because of a tire on the road near the exit of The Sanctuary neighborhood. When he got out, he was gunned down at close range.

Jared Galen Bridegan

June 29, 1988 – February 16, 2022

Jared was a senior design manager at Microsoft. He worked from Jacksonville, Florida, where he was shot and killed in February 2022.

April 2010 Jared married Shanna Gardner and they had twins. One of the twins had a medical condition

http://www.soshelli.com/blog/2010/4/12/the-wedding-weekend.html

2014 Jared received a B.S. in digital media with an emphasis in cinema production from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

May 20, 2014 after getting news on Liam’s stable condition they decided to move to Florida

June 30, 2014 moved from CT to FL, staying with Jared’s parents

July 1st moved into their new home

Jared Bridegan

Timeline

Feb. 23, 2015 — after the design manager allegedly found sexually explicit messages between his then-wife and the man who claims he was her weight-lifting lover.

2015 they divorced & Gardner later married Mario Fernandez. The day after filing for divorce, Gardner-Fernandez visited a tattoo parlor to get a piercing and listed her trainer-turned-alleged paramour as her emergency contact, according to a waiver. Family court documents say that they were still living together at the time.

“His focus was on his children. He was worried about Liam, he was worried about Abby. And everything he ever talked about revolved around those two.”

2016 JB met his second wife Kirsten through a dating app; She was living in Charlotte, NC at the time and working for Microsoft.

2014, Bridegan bought his then-wife, Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, a package of training sessions but the fitness instructor said the relationship turned romantic weeks later. Shanna denied having an affair that ended their marriage — but her former personal trainer who says he was her one-time lover contradicted her claim in an interview with Fox News Digital.

2014

Feb. 23, 2015 — Jared found sexually explicit messages between his then-wife and the man who claims he was her weight-lifting lover.

2015 they divorced & Gardner later married Mario Fernandez. The day after filing for divorce, Gardner-Fernandez visited a tattoo parlor to get a piercing and listed her trainer-turned-alleged paramour as her emergency contact, according to a waiver.

2015

2016 JB met his second wife Kirsten through a dating app; She was living in Charlotte, NC at the time and working for Microsoft.

2017 On October 22, 2017, Jared and Kirsten married and later had two children. “His focus was on children. He was worried about Liam, he was worried about Abby. And everything he ever talked about revolved around those two.”

2016 – 2017

2017 On October 22, 2017, Jared and Kirsten married and later had two children.

2019 Jared was interviewed by Web.com on UX Design: https://www.web.com/blog/the-spotlight/success-stories/interview-web-ux-designer

Feb. 16, 2022 JB had just dropped off his 10-year-old twin son and daughter at his ex-wife’s home in Jacksonville Beach and was headed back to St. Augustine, where he lived. With his 2-year-old daughter in the car, he stopped because of a tire on the road near the exit of The Sanctuary neighborhood.

When he got out, he was gunned down at close range. Police said it was not a robbery.

His vehicle’s hazard lights were still blinking, and his daughter was unharmed in her car seat. He and Bexley were in the family’s black Volkswagen Atlas driving south to their home in St. Augustine.

Jared’s wife Kirsten was at home with their 7-month-old London and grew alarmed when Jared didn’t return. “He wasn’t answering my texts or my calls,” she recalled. “I was thinking maybe he got in a car accident. I had a gut feeling something wasn’t right.”

She hopped in a car with her mom to search for Jared. As they drove, Kirsten kept calling Jared’s phone — but her husband didn’t finally pick up.

“A police officer answered but wouldn’t tell me if he was okay,” Kirsten recalled, choking back tears. “He said, ‘Please come to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.’ I told my mom, ‘Jared is not OK.’ I just knew. My whole body, my spirit, I knew he wasn’t okay.”

Jared was gunned down in the Lake Sanctuary neighborhood of Jacksonville Beach, police said.

Officers were called just after 8 p.m. to report a person being shot in the Jacksonville Drive and Sanctuary Way North area.

Det. Sgt. David Young, with the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, said JB was shot to death next to the driver door of his SUV, which was also struck by gunfire. Young said it was close-range and cold-blooded. “He was right at the driver’s door, and we believe that the shooter was less than four feet, three feet from him,” Young said.

Divorce from Shanna Gardner

Jared Bridegan

Divorce from Shanna Gardner

Shanna stopped going to church and started zealously working out. It is said that she became frustrated with Jared who had gained weight and was trying to get his businesses off the ground.

Jared persuaded Shanna to move to Florida, for a fresh start. He was studying online for a master’s degree at Savannah College of Art and Design.

They bought another $800,000 house in Ponte Vedra Beach south of Jacksonville.

The fresh start failed and the couple drifted further apart. Jared remained a devout LDS member, while Shanna moved further away from their religion.

Shanna had joined a CrossFit gym and Jared bought her some PT sessions as a gift.

She allegedly began an affair with the personal trainer. Jared found some emails between the two. He confronted her, and she told him she didn’t love him anymore.

A source close to Jared said:

“Jared was like, ‘I don’t recognize this person. I married a totally different person.’”

February 2015 Shanna filed for divorce:

She has denied ever having an affair and said that the reason for the divorce was that the couple did not love each other anymore.

Jared sent an email to Mallary, who we mentioned earlier. “In the past 3 months, Shanna has become really distant, and got emotionally attached to her personal trainer at the gym, and is now divorcing me. But she has her agency so I just need to move on and find someone to be my best friend again ya know.”

The divorce got messy. The court file has over 300 entries. In documents, Shanna accused Jared of “disturbing and abusive behavior,” including “regularly interrogating” and recording the children after “actively coaching” them on what to say and threatening to use their recorded statements against her.

At the time, Jared alleged that Shanna locked him out of the master bedroom and treated him “in a disparaging manner in front of the children.’

He also alleged that Shanna installed surveillance devices in the home. 

Vehicle of interest that is connected to the investigation

he truck is believed to be a dark-colored 2004-2008 Ford F150. The car has running boards, brown trim, and a silver toolbox. The truck was seen driving on Shetter Ave, passing the Police department close to Shanna and Mario’s house.

Police are also asking the residents along the route shown in the attached map if they have any home security camera footage between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on 02/16/22 involving a black in color SUV

Shanna and Mario after the murder

After Jared was murdered, Shanna and her husband Mario hired Henry Coxe III, a criminal defense attorney.

Shanna told the media she hired him to help protect her family from publicity and to keep her children out of the media.

Shanna has also told the media that her children are terrified at the media attention that has been focused on them.

“I can’t take it away,” Shanna said. “My kids are 10. They understand everything that is going on. They see this and they are scared, terrified and struggling.”


After Jared’s Funeral per Kirsten

March 16th: The first interview was held (I didn’t mention Shanna or point the finger at her at all).

March 24th: Shanna finally responds to a request to Facetime the kids and says she’d like to have a conversation with me first. Refuses to text or email and wants it to be on the phone.

March 25th: – Phone conversation with Shanna happens. She agrees to allow 1 Facetime call per week between Bexley and the twins.

April 18: The kids had their 1 Facetime call per week for ~3 weeks until she canceled the call scheduled for April 18th and said there would be no more Facetime calls moving forward. I responded and asked if we could at least speak to them on their birthday, April 20th. She agreed.

April 19th: Candlelight vigil held – Shanna and twins do not attend despite it being an open invitation to any and all.

April 20th: Last Facetime call with the twins.

I have sent numerous texts asking for contact with the twins since then, I either get no response or an excuse as to why it cannot happen. Other family members have reached out as well – they’ve been ignored. The kids have been completely cut off from their Dad’s family.

June 2022 Gardner, 35, gave a rare interview to the local newspaper the Florida Times-Union in June in which she “denied an affair that led to the end of the marriage and insisted she had nothing to do with the execution of her ex-husband.”

As of August 2022, Jared’s murder remains unsolved.

“The fight doesn’t get easier. It gets harder as more time passes without answers. I’m not going to give up. I’m not going to stop fighting for Jared,” Kirsten told Fox News Digital. “He deserves justice, the family deserves justice and the community deserves justice.”

Arrest

Arrest of Henry Arthur Tenon

Jan. 25, 2023, Jacksonville Beach PD Chief Gene Paul Smith and State Attorney Melissa Nelson announced the arrest of Henry Arthur Tenon, 61, on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, second-degree murder with a weapon, accessory after the fact to a capital felony, and child abuse.

January 2023 Henry Tenon, 61, was arrested on Jan. 25 on charges of murder in the second degree with a weapon, conspiracy to commit murder, accessory after the fact, and child abuse for the Feb. 16, 2022, execution in north Florida.

February 1, 2023, Melissa Nelson, State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial District, announced the major break in the case at a press conference. “We know that Tenon did not act alone,” she said. Her office formally filed the charging document against him on Feb. 1.

The document details that Tenon “on or between January 4, 2022, and February 16, 2022…did agree, conspire, combine or confederate with other human beings to, unlawfully and from a premeditated design, effect the death of Jared Bridegan.”

Henry Tenon was renting 5239 Potomac Ave Jacksonville, FL 32254 from Mario Fernandez

Mario Fernandez purchased this house on March 30, 2017, and sold this house on October 18, 2022

Henry Arthur Tenon, 61, was charged on Jan. 25 with conspiracy to commit murder, second-degree murder with a weapon, accessory after the fact to a capital felony, and child abuse.

Charges:

  • – MURDER IN THE SECOND DEGREE WITH A WEAPON
  • – CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
  • – ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT (IF OFFENSE IS CAPITAL FELONY, ACCESSORY
  • – OFFENSE IS FIRST-DEGREE FELONY)
  • – CHILD ABUSE

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. Gardner and Bridegan were married in 2010 and divorced in 2015. They shared custody of the nine-year-old twins.

Fernandez Saldana and Gardner met at her CrossFit gym in 2018, where Fernandez Saldana was a maintenance man. Up until the murder, Gardner shared equal custody of her children with Bridegan.

Affiant received Tenon’s financial records from PNC Bank on October 14, 2022. Upon conducting the initial review, three handwritten checks were discovered from Fernandez Saldana.

After receiving Tenon’s phone records:

Phone toll records showed that Tenon and Fernandez Saldana had 35 phone contacts in February, 30 in March, and 5-9 in May and June.

March 2023

Henry Tenon, a handyman for Fernandez, pleaded guilty to murdering Bridegan.

Tenon admitted his role in the killing in exchange for cooperating against Fernandez “as part of the plea agreement to testify truthfully against those he worked with to murder Jared Bridegan,” Nelson said.

Tenon was promised a prison sentence of 15 years to life. He had been charged two months earlier with second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, accessory after the fact and child abuse for his role in the slaying. He was the first suspect arrested in the case.

Arrest

March 16, 2023 Mario Fernandez arrested

Prosecutors announced Mario Fernandez Saldana was indicted by a grand jury Thursday morning and arrested in Kissimmee, Fla. His arrest came hours after a man previously charged in Bridegan’s killing, Henry Tenon, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the crime.

Fernandez was indicted on first-degree murder, child abuse and other charges.

State Attorney Nelson the “investigation remains active and ongoing and has not stopped today with the arrest of Mario Fernandez.”

Prosecutors announced Mario Fernandez Saldana was indicted by a grand jury Thursday morning and arrested in Kissimmee, Fla. His arrest came hours after a man previously charged in Bridegan’s killing, Henry Tenon, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the crime.

Fernandez was indicted on first-degree murder, child abuse and other charges.

State Attorney Nelson the “investigation remains active and ongoing and has not stopped today with the arrest of Mario Fernandez.”

Per arrest warrant:

  • bank records showed three handwritten checks that Fernandez wrote to Tenon.

Phone records between Tenon and Fernandez:

  • 35 phone contacts in February,
  • 30 contacts in March
  • 9 contacts in May and June, 2022.

State Attorney Melissa Nelson said a Fourth Circuit Grand Jury returned the following indictments against Fernandez Saldana:

  • – First-degree murder: Punishable by death or mandatory sentence of life in prison
  • – Conspiracy to commit first-degree murder: Punishable by up to 30 years in prison
  • – Solicitation to commit a capital felony: Punishable by up to 30 years in prison
  • – Child abuse: This charge stems from the fact that Bridegan’s then-2-year-old daughter Bexley was directly in harm’s
  •  way during the shooting.

The totality of evidence establishes that Fernandez Saldana was a principal to Bridegan’s murder and that Fernandez Saldana solicited, conspired with, and assisted others involved in Bridegan’s murder, and that the circumstances of the murder reasonably could have been expected to cause physical or mental injury to B.B. while she was in Bridegan’s vehicle.

Affidavit For Arrest Warrant

Mario Fernandez-Saldana Arrested, Indicted for Murder of Jared Bridegan Press Release

Indictment

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/23711337-mario-fernandez-saldana-affidavit-for-arrest-warrant

Arrest

Gardner Shanna Lee booked October 20, 2023, in Jacksonville, FL.

Shanna Gardner — has now been charged with murdering the father of four. Prosecutors in Florida are seeking the death penalty.

Jared Bridegan’s ex-wife on first-degree murder charges in the conspiracy that led to his ambush shooting last year.

A grand jury in Florida indicted Shanna Gardner and was later arrested in Washington state.

Shanna Gardner — has now been charged with murdering the father of four. Prosecutors in Florida are seeking the death penalty.

Jared Bridegan’s ex-wife on first-degree murder charges in the conspiracy that led to his ambush shooting last year.

A grand jury in Florida indicted Shanna Gardner and was later arrested in Washington state.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents arrested her in West Richland, Washington, where she moved with the twins she shared with Bridegan. ATF’s Jacksonville field office had been assisting Jacksonville Beach Police Department detectives since early in the investigation.

Gardner will be extradited to Duval County to face the charges which also include a solicitation to commit first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and child abuse.

Mario’s indictment said he plotted the murder within the four months leading to Bridgegan’s death, but Garnder’s indictment said she may have been scheming to kill Bridegan as early as May 2015 a few months before their divorce was finalized.

Bodycam Footage of Shanna Gardner’s Arrest