Who is Shanna Gardner? Cops to reveal major development as slain Jared Bridegan’s ex remains suspect

Who is Shanna Gardner? Cops to reveal major development as slain Jared Bridegan’s ex remains suspect
Jared Bridegan's ex-wife Shanna Gardner-Fernandez has reportedly relocated from Bexley, Florida, to West Richland, Washington, with their 10-year-old twins (@justiceforjaredb/Instagram and Screenshot/Action News Jax video)

WEST RICHLAND, WASHINGTON: As investigators continue to probe the murder of Jared Bridegan, they are reportedly about to announce that an arrest is imminent. The slain Microsoft executive's ex-wife Shanna Garder-Fernandez is 'suspected' to be behind his murder, reports DailyMail. With the developments still unfolding, Shanna Gardner is said to have recently relocated from Bexley, Florida, to West Richland, Washington, with their 10-year-old twins. 

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Jared Bridegan, a father of four, was shot dead in front of his two-year-old daughter while he was returning home after dropping off his children from a previous marriage with his ex-wife, Shanna's residence, on February 16, 2022. He received multiple gunshot wounds. There’s a $55,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution in the unsolved murder. Bridegan's ex-wife Shanna Gardner-Fernandez had faced immense public scrutiny following the Microsoft executive's death and details about their marriage had been widely reported.

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Who is Shanna Gardner?

Shanna Gardner is the daughter of Shelli and Sterling Gardner, the co-founders of arts and crafts company 'Stampin' Up!'. Garnder and Bridegan married in Utah in 2010, a year after the two met in Florida where Gardner was vacationing. The couple moved to Connecticut after the birth of their twins, but the marriage soon started seeing strains of conflict. 

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After five tumultuous years of marriage, Gardner filed for divorce from Bridegan on February 23, 2015, telling the court, "We don’t love each other anymore." Gardner demanded primary custody and accused Bridegan of threatening to withdraw cash from their children’s trust funds for his own use, as per a Fox News report. As per the Fox news report, Bridegan had allegedly found compromising emails between Gardner and her personal trainer. 

However, their relationship would not end there. The couple initially started squabbling about the occupancy of their residence. As per court documents, Gardner demanded exclusive occupancy of the home, primary custody, and accused Bridegan of threatening to withdraw cash from their children’s trust funds for his own use. In 2020, it was revealed that she reportedly hired a criminal defense lawyer "for the purpose of seeing if steps could be taken to protect her young twins from any publicity surrounding this tragic event," Fox News reported. The revelation came months after Bridegan was shot dead in front of his toddler. 

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