The husband of slain Microsoft govt Jared Bridegan’s ex-wife might be sentenced to loss of life in his brazen 2022 homicide, Florida prosecutors introduced on Wednesday.
In a pretrial listening to in Duval County Court docket, prosecutors introduced their intent to hunt the loss of life penalty towards Mario Fernandez Saldana, who’s dealing with a number of prices, together with first-degree homicide, in reference to Bridegan’s February 2022 slaying. The daddy of 4 was fatally shot as he tried to maneuver a tire in the course of a quiet residential Florida highway whereas his daughter was nonetheless within the automobile.
“The announcement in the present day is one other vital step towards justice,” Bridegan’s widow, Kirsten, mentioned in a press release, including that the information “signifies willpower and the relentless pursuit of justice for Jared, our household, and the neighborhood.”
“We aren’t backing right down to these concerned within the heinous, cold-blooded homicide of my husband in entrance of our daughter,” she added.
Prosecutors allege that Fernandez Saldana, 35, enlisted the assistance of his handyman and tenant, Henry Tenon, within the grisly slaying. In March, Tenon pleaded responsible to second-degree homicide and admitted that he shot Berigan in the course of the highway. Fernandez Saldana had pleaded not responsible.
“The capital felony was dedicated for pecuniary achieve,” prosecutor Christina Stifler mentioned throughout Wednesday’s listening to, throughout which she listed the irritating circumstances to justify the choice to hunt the loss of life penalty. “The capital felony was a murder and was dedicated in a chilly, calculated, and premeditated method with none pretense of ethical or authorized justification.”
Fernandez Saldana’s protection lawyer, Jesse Dreicer, responded that his workforce reserves the appropriate to problem the choice to hunt capital punishment within the case, which has garnered nationwide consideration. Dreicer didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Prosecutors say that on Feb. 16, 2022, Bridegan was returning to his St. Augustine residence after dropping off his twins on the residence of his ex-wife, Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, when he noticed a tire in the course of the highway. Together with his 2-year-old daughter within the automobile, Bridegan was fatally shot a number of occasions as he tried to maneuver the impediment. The toddler, who was unhurt within the assault, was nonetheless in her carseat when a resident drove by minutes later.
Whereas it’s nonetheless not instantly clear why Gardner-Fernandez’s second husband conspired to homicide Bridegan, prosecutors allege that the plan started about six weeks previous to the slaying.
Public information obtained by The Day by day Beast confirmed that Tenon, 61, lived at a Jacksonville residence owned by Fernandez Saldana till final October. He additionally reportedly labored as a handyman for a number of of Fernandez Saldana’s rental properties.
As beforehand reported by The Day by day Beast, Bridegan’s loss of life got here after an advanced marriage—and an much more contentious divorce—from Gardner-Fernandez. Since their 2015 cut up, Bridegan and Gardner-Fernandez had constantly fought in court docket over custody of their twins.
A spokesperson for Gardner-Fernandez didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Regardless of the continued battle along with his ex-wife, Bridegan had discovered a schedule to make sure that he might see his son and daughter, his spouse beforehand informed The Day by day Beast. As a part of the custody settlement, Kristen Bridegan mentioned she and her husband would see the 10-year-old twins for “date evening” that consisted of dinner and a fast exercise… It was after a type of “date nights” that Bridegan was fatally shot.
“I take consolation realizing Abby and Liam are not residing with Mario and I hope all evil surrounding them and our household will probably be eliminated in due time,” Kirsten Bridegan mentioned on Wednesday.
“Jared is beloved and missed greater than phrases can categorical and we deeply really feel his loss. Whereas we all know he’s gone, we take consolation in realizing the prosecution workforce and legislation enforcement stay unrelenting of their efforts and are dedicated to holding everybody concerned in Jared’s homicide accountable.”