Who is Henry Tenon? Suspect, 61, arrested in murder of Microsoft executive Jared Bridegan

Who is Henry Tenon? Suspect, 61, arrested in murder of Microsoft executive Jared Bridegan
Cops said convicted felon Henry Tenon, 61, who has been arrested for the murder of Jared Bridegan, did not act alone (City of Jacksonville Beach Police Department)

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FLORIDA: After a year of Microsoft executive Jared Galen Bridegan's death, a suspect Henry Tenon has been arrested. The convicted felon rented the Jacksonville home from the shooting victim's ex-wife Shanna Gardner Fernandez's new husband.

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With charges of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder on February 16, 2022, by killing Bridegan, Tenon has been taken into custody. Further details of the year-long case have not been disclosed and his arrest warrant is sealed. On Wednesday, January 25, the Jacksonville Beach Police Department official held a press conference and stated that the investigation is ongoing and shared that Tenon did not act alone in the murder, Daily Mail reported.

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Who is Henry Tenon?

Tenon, a convicted felon who was arrested for unrelated gun charges in August 2022, previously rented Shanna Gardner's new husband Mario Fernandez's home. In October 2022, three months after Tenon's arrest, the couple sold the house. The selling notably took place eight months after Bridegan's death.

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Following the death, Gardner and Fernandez moved cross country from Florida to Washington state. The couple who are also suspects in the murder has not been arrested yet. "We know Henry Tenon did not act alone," said State's Attorney Melissa Nelson at the press conference. On Thursday, January 26, Tenon will appear before a judge on murder charges. 

After dropping off Bridegan's nine-year-old twins with their mother Kirsten Bridegan, he was driving from Jacksonville Beach, Florida to St. Augustine on the day he was killed. At the time of Bridegan's killing, his two-year-old daughter, Bexley was inside the car which also resulted in Tenon being charged with child abuse. Tenon walked towards the car after Bridegan had to stop as the killer ambushed his vehicle placing a tire in the middle of the road.

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Tenon's previous offenses

Along with driving without a license, the Jacksonville Beach Police Department arrested the convicted felon in August 2022 for owning a weapon. Driving with a suspended license several times, domestic violence charges, and misdemeanor assault are among his previous offenses. Tenon was also arrested in the mid-1990s, according to his arrest record.

On charges of the second-degree murder of Bridegan, the arrested murderer is facing life in prison. According to the Daily Mail, prosecutors announced on Wednesday, January 26 that they hope the murder case will be changed into a first-degree murder and they would go to a grand jury.

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