Chief Gene Paul Smith of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department and State’s Attorney Melissa Nelson announced Wednesday that an arrest had been made in the death of St. Johns County father of four Jared Bridegan.
Jared Bridegan murder case: Nelson stated that Henry Tenon, 61, was arrested and charged with the following offenses:
Conspiracy to commit murder – Nelson stated that investigators are aware that Tenon did not act alone in the crime.
Subsequently accomplice to a capital crime
Nelson charged Bridegan with second-degree murder because her then-2-year-old daughter Bexley was in direct danger during the shooting.
Tenon did not commit the crime alone, according to Nelson, and his warrant will remain sealed for the next 30 days.
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She said her office shared only limited information to protect the integrity of the case. At the end of the press conference, neither Nelson nor Smith took any questions from the media.
Bridegan’s second wife, Kirsten Brideganwith whom he shares three-year-old Bexley and one-year-old London, was also present at the press conference on Wednesday.
Tenon’s next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday. Nelson stated that in order to obtain a first-degree murder charge, investigators will have to present the case to a grand jury.
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Bridegan was gunned down in Jacksonville Beach on February 16, 2022. After taking her twins and Bexley out to dinner. The software engineer had just dropped off the twins at Gardner-house Fernandez when he hit a tire on the one-way road.
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Smith stated Wednesday that “the tire was deliberately placed there to make him stop.”
Jared Bridegan got out of his Volkswagen Atlas to change a tire. And was shot multiple times while Bexley was in his car seat.
“This was a premeditated and well-planned ambush and murder,” Smith said.
Early in the investigation, police asked the public for help identifying a dark blue Ford F-150 seen. On surveillance images near the crime scene. And one $55,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
Tenon has been in jail since August, according to one Jacksonville Sheriff’s Search of inmates at the office, on charges including possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, driving while license suspended or revoked, and speeding.
Smith stated that JBPD continues to encourage the public to come forward. With any information they might have about Tenon or the case.