FL - Jared Bridegan, 33, father of 4, ambushed & killed, Jacksonville Beach, 16 Feb 2022 *3 arrests, 1 guilty* #2

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As slow and as heartbreaking as this case is, it doesn't even hold a candle to Nubia's case. 13 years and still waiting for justice.

 
Monday, May 13th:
*Motions Hearing for both (@ 9am ET) – FL – Jared Galen Bridegan (33), father of 4 ambushed & killed (shot 4 times), his 2-year-old daughter was just feet away in the back seat, Jacksonville Beach, Feb. 16, 2022. – *Shanna Lee Gardner-Fernandez (36/now 37) indicted & arrested (8/17/23 by ATF agents in West Richland, Wash.), charged & arraigned (11/3/23) with 1st degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, solicitation to commit a capital felony & child abuse. DA will seek the DP. Held without bail on Fugitive warrant (in Benton County, WA). Was extradited on 10/20/23 to Florida. Plead not guilty. No bond.
*Mario Enrique Fernandez Saldana (34/now 36) arrested (in Kissimmee, Orange County, 3/22/23) & charged & indicted (3/16/23) & arraigned (4/4/23) with 1st degree murder with a weapon, conspiracy to commit 1st degree murder, solicitation to commit a capital felony & child abuse. In Orange County jail waiting for transfer to Jacksonville in Duval County. Transferred to Duval County on 3/22/23. Held without bond. Plead not guilty. DA will seek the DP.
Trial was set to begin on 4/13/24 for both was cancelled with no further dates.
Judge London M. Kite. State attorney Christina Simak Stiller. Gardener defense attorneys Jose Angel Baez, lead counsel & Patrick K. Korody.
Saldana defense attorneys Frank John Tassone, Jr., Jesse Driecer & James Hill.

Case & court info from 3/16/23 thru 4/16/24 reference post #429 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...-feb-2022-3-arrests-1-guilty-2.689030/page-22

4/18/24 Update: Saldana: Judge London M. Kite presiding. Asst. State attorney Christina Simak Stifler, attorney for defendant Fran Tassone, defendant present in jail. Others preset: Alan Mizrahi (ASA), Charles Wingard (ASA), Jesse Driecer (Defense). James Hill (Defense) & Shannon Day (Defense). Hearing on defendant's Motion for in-camera inspection & Motion to Disqualify the 4th Judicial Circuit State attorneys office. Held in full-Held in abeyance & taken under advisement, respectively-Orders entered. Clerks memo of hearing. Clerks exhibit memo. Cancelled hearing on motion on 5/3/24 per Court. Ruling on Motion on 5/2/24 @ 9am.
4/19/24 Update: Gardner: Judge London M. Kit presiding. Asst. State attorney Christina Simak Stifler, attorney defendant Jose Baez, defendant present in jail. Others present: Alan Mizrahi (ASA), Charles Wingard (ASA), Patrick Korody (Defense) & Professor Ronald Sullivan (defense). Hearing on defendant's adopted Motion to Disqualify the 4th Judicial Circuit State attorney's office. Held in full. Taken under advisement-Order to be entered. Clerks exhibit memo. Clerks memo of hearing. Ruling on Motion on 5/2/24 @ 9am.
5/2/24 Update: Gardner: Judge London M. Kite presiding. Asst. State attorney Christina Simak-Stifler, attorney for defendant Jose Baez, defendant appearance waived. Others present: Alan Mizrahi (ASA), Patrick Korody (defense) & Dr. Ronald Sullivan (defense) via Zoom. Hearing on defendant's adopted motion to disqualify the 4th Judicial Circuit State attorney's office held in full. Taken under advisement. Order to be entered. Clerks exhibit memo & memo of hearing. Ruling on motion & hearing on defense’s motion to set bond on 5/13/24 @ 9am.
4/21/24 Docket update: Fernandez: Motion to adopt argument present during co-defendant, Shanna Gardner's hearing on 4/19/24. 4/29/24: Motion to incorporate email into the record of the 4/18/24, hearing on defendant's motion to disqualify.
5/2/24 Update: Fernandez: Judge London M. Kite presiding. Asst. State attorney Christina Simak-Stifler, attorney for defendant Frank Tassone. Defendant present in jail. Others present: Alan Mizrahi (ASA), Jesse Dreter (Defense), James Hill (defense) & Shannon Day (defense). State's objection to defense calling ASA Stifler for testimony. Overruled by Court. Hearing on defendant's motion to disqualify 4th Judicial Circuit State attorneys office & defense motion to adopt argument presented during co-defendant, Gardner's hearing on 4/19/24 held in full. Taken under advisement-Motion to disqualify; ruled on motion to adopt. Court Order granting defense motion to adopt argument present during o-defendant Gardner's hearing on 4/19/24. Court Order deemed moot defense motion to incorporate email into the record of 4/18/24. Hearing on defendant's motion to disqualify. Clerks exhibit memo & memo of hearing. Ruling on motion on 5/13/24 @ 9am& defense's motion to adopt argument presented during co-defendant, Gardner's hearing on 4/19/24.
5/7/24 Update: A judge was expected to rule Thursday on whether the State Attorney’s Office should be disqualified from prosecuting the couple accused of conspiring to kill Bridegan in 2022. But the defense teams for Shanna Gardner & her estranged husband, Mario Fernandez, filed more motions & asked to examine the lead prosecutor, delaying Judge London Kite’s decision. Gardner & Fernandez will be back in court on 5/13/24.
*Henry Arthur Tenon (61/now 62) – Plead guilty (3/17/23) to 2nd degree murder & will testify against Saldana & Gardner. Status hearing on 5/20/24.
 

@Niner -- From the quoted link:

5/12/24

[..]

Attorneys for both Gardner and Fernandez said Melissa Nelson’s office should be booted from the case after privileged communications, including emails and text messages, were incorrectly shared with the prosecution. They argued that this was a violation of Gardner and Fernandez’ constitutional rights.

[..]

Gardner did not appear in court on May 2, but her attorneys and those of her husband once again pushed for the State Attorney’s Office to be removed from the case.

The State Attorney’s Office has admitted it intercepted private communications through a search warrant, but the prosecutors said they never read them. So, they argue the couple’s attorney-client privilege was not violated.

But the defense said it doesn’t erase any cloud of suspicion.

[..]

“People, the citizens of this jurisdiction have elected Melissa Nelson to be their state attorney to prosecute these cases. Removing her is obviously the court has the power to do it, but has to be very cautious. In the judicial branch affecting the executive branch and the legislative branch,” Mizrahi said. ”Ms. Stifler has worked thousands of hours on this case. No one could ever replace the amount of work that she has put into this case.”

Judge London Kite will make the final decision on Monday.

The defense attorneys said if Judge Kite denies the request to remove the prosecutors, at the very least, the State Attorney’s Office should be sanctioned, and the communications thrown out.

Gardner’s attorneys will argue their client’s motion to be given bond.

The hearing is set for 9 a.m. at the Duval County courthouse.
 

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