Florida cops investigating murder of Microsoft exec, Jared Bridegan, arrest his ex-wife’s new husband – Hitman pleads guilty, alleges suspect, Mario Fernandez Saldana, ordered hit
Florida cops investigating murder of Microsoft exec arrest his ex-wife’s new husband Mario Fernandez Saldana,
Father-of-four Jared Bridegan, 33, was gunned down in the middle of the road last February
He’d just dropped off his oldest kids at the home of his ex-wife Shanna Fernandez-Gardner
Gardner-Fernandez divorced Bridegan in 2015, after she reportedly had an affair
Former couple were subsequently embroiled in years-long legal battles over finances and custody of their now-10-year-old twins, Liam and Abigail
Police announced the arrest of Mario Fernandez Saldana, the new husband of Bridegan’s ex-wife, Shanna on Thursday
The suspect was arrested Thursday morning in Kissimmee, after hitman, Henry Tenon, turned on him and agreed to testify against him
Tenon, 61, pled guilty to second-degree murder charges in the killing
He also confessed to working with Saldana – his old landlord – to carry out the murder
Authorities in Florida investigating the murder of a Microsoft executive last year have arrested his ex-wife’s new husband in connection with his death, the Jacksonville police department announced..
Jared Bridegan, 33, was gunned down in the middle of the road on February 16, 2022, in front of his baby daughter.
Today, police announced the arrest of Mario Fernandez Saldana, the new husband of Bridegan’s ex-wife, Shanna. The suspect was arrested this morning in Kissimmee, after hitman, Henry Tenon, turned on him and agreed to testify against him.
Tenon, who was living in a property that was owned by Saldana, was arrested in January.
Prosecutors have not yet confirmed the motive for the murder, but Shanna and Jared were sharing custody of their two children at the time. Gardner-Fernandez divorced Bridegan in 2015, after she reportedly had an affair.
The former couple were subsequently embroiled in years-long legal battles over finances and custody of their now-10-year-old twins, Liam and Abigail.
The Microsoft executive was found 2.2miles from Shanna’s home after dropping off the kids on February 16, on a quiet patch of road where there were no security cameras.
The 33-year-old father of four had noticed a tire in the road and pulled over to remove it when he was gunned down in what police called a planned ambush.
Little Bexley was in the backseat and alone in the car for a few minutes until a passerby noticed her father dead on the road and called 911.
Saldana’s arrest happened just a few hours after his former tenant and occasional handyman Henry Tenon pled guilty to second-degree murder charges in the killing, First Coast News said.
Police announced in January that they had arrested Henry Tenon, 61, for the slaying.
At the time of the grisly crime, Tenon was reportedly living in a Jacksonville home owned by Mario Fernandez, the current husband of the victim’s ex-wife Shanna Gardner-Fernandez.
Tenon’s charges included one for ‘conspiracy’ because, Jacksonville police did not believe he acted alone. Investigators pointed to how the attack seemed to be both targeted and personal.
Police announced Saldana’s arrest at a press conference where Jared’s widow Kirsten took to the podium.
‘We are here today feeling many emotions.
‘We have great relief knowing that two of the people behind my husband’s murder are now behind bars and are no longer a threat to my family.
‘We are also still angry. Angry that they were walking free while we were grappling with the reality that Jared wouldn’t be here for any future memories, vacations, tender moments.
‘Angry that our youngest, who was six months at the time of his death, will have no memories of her father.
‘Angry that there will be no new memories for Liam, Abi, Bexley, London, or anyone who knew and loved Jared.’
She also hinted at more arrests.
‘We know there is still a long way to go before all those involved will truly be held accountable.’
Shanna, the ex-wife, has not been arrested.
‘We have fought hard for the truth and the world now knows what we have known all along; that Jared truly was an innocent victim.
‘Since day one, those in charge of the investigation promised us that they would be relentless in their pursuit of justice and they have been,’ she added.
Police have not yet indicated whether they intend to make any additional arrests.
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