Shanna Gardner, the ex-wife of slain Microsoft executive Jared Bridegan, has been indicted for first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and child abuse. Florida prosecutors described the murder as “cold, calculated, and premeditated.” Bridegan, a father of four, was shot and killed in Jacksonville Beach last year in what authorities believe was a targeted ambush.
Gardner was arrested in Washington State and will be extradited to Duval County. She was previously known as Gardner-Fernandez but is now referred to as Gardner in the indictment. Her attorney declined to comment on the charges.
Gardner has denied any involvement in her ex-husband’s murder. She stated in a previous interview that despite their difficult relationship, he was still the father of her children.
This case has seen a total of three individuals charged. Gardner’s current husband, Mario Fernandez Saldana, was indicted five months ago on several charges, including first-degree murder. Henry Tenon, Fernandez Saldana’s former tenant, was arrested earlier this year and is accused of being the triggerman.
State Attorney Melissa Nelson, who is prosecuting the case, stated that the investigation has revealed the truth behind Bridegan’s murder. She emphasized that Tenon did not act alone and that Fernandez Saldana did not plan alone. Gardner’s indictment recognizes her central and key role in the murder.
Bridegan was driving with his then-2-year-old daughter when he encountered a tire blocking his path in February 2022. When he stepped out of the car, he was ambushed and killed. Tenon was arrested in January 2023 and has since pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, cooperating with the prosecutors. Fernandez Saldana was charged with first-degree murder in March and has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for both Fernandez Saldana and Gardner.
This case has been a focus of the investigation, with Nelson stating that they would not rest until the truth behind Bridegan’s murder was uncovered.
Bridegan leaves behind two children with his wife and two children with Gardner. Gardner’s parents responded to her indictment by expressing their sadness and emphasizing that their family’s well-being is their top priority. They ask for privacy as the legal process unfolds.