Gibson County – Sunday evening, April 15, Indiana State Police arrested Jason Ray Gardner, 31, and his current wife, Pamela Gardner, 42, of Princeton, after they allegedly conspired to have his ex-wife killed.
A joint investigation involving Indiana State Police, FBI, ATF and Princeton Police was initiated on March 28 after receiving information Jason Gardner was attempting to hire a hit-man to kill his ex-wife, Teresa Gardner, 39, of Princeton. Further investigation revealed Gardner is involved in an on-going custody battle with his ex-wife over their two children. On April 14th, Gardner met with an undercover ATF agent posing as a hit-man on the east side of Evansville to discuss details concerning his ex-wife. During the meeting, Gardner allegedly gave the hit-man a description of his ex-wife and information regarding her address and the description of her vehicle. Gardner allegedly agreed to pay $1,000 as a down payment and another $1,000 when his ex-wife is killed. The investigation also determined Gardner and his current wife had allegedly attempted to hire two different individuals over the last several years to kill his ex-wife.
At approximately 8:40 p.m. last night, Gardner met with the undercover ATF agent posing as the hit-man in the Walmart parking lot in Princeton. Gardner paid the undercover officer $900 and allegedly agreed to pay an additional $1,100 after his ex-wife is killed. Gardner was arrested without incident. Officers arrested Pamela Gardner later Sunday night. They are both being held without bond in the Gibson County Jail.
ARRESTED AND CHARGES:
• Jason Ray Gardner, 31, 618 S. Race Street, Princeton, IN
• Pamela Gardner, 42, 618 S. Race Street, Princeton, IN
1. Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Class A Felony
Investigating Agencies: Indiana State Police, FBI, ATF and Princeton Police
*Information from Indiana State Police