AUSTIN, Texas – The son of an Austin-area jeweler and the teen girlfriend are charged with hiring someone to kill his father, who was gunned down in March during a home break-in, authorities said Wednesday.
Nicolas Patrick Shaughnessy and Jaclyn Alexa Edison, who is 19 years old and live in College Station, were arrested Tuesday on one count of criminal solicitation to commit capital murder, Travis County sheriff’s officials said. She remained in the jail Wednesday, with Shaughnessy’s bond is set at $3 million, and Edison’s $1 million. Neither had an attorney listed in online jail records.
According to researchers, Shaughnessy’s mother, Corey Shaughnessy, 911 in the early morning of March 2, a report of an intruder at the home of her and her husband, Theodore Shaughnessy. Deputies sent to the home found Theodore Shaughnessy dead of multiple gunshot wounds. A family dog was also killed. The authorities say that the plot called for Corey Shaughnessy to be killed, but she was physically unharmed.
The shooter is not caught, but the sheriff’s spokeswoman Kristen Dark said in a statement that detectives “are following new leads in the case.” They refused to work when later reached by phone.
Theodore Shaughnessy was the owner of the Gallerie Jewelers in Austin. The company had posted on its Facebook page in late April that, “We are pleased to announce that Nicolas, Ted’s son, will be the exercise of his legacy here at the Gallerie.”
An in memoriam for the elder Shaughnessy published in the Austin American-Statesman said that he was “a proud father to his son Nicolas.”
In the months before the shooting, Nicolas Shaughnessy multiple people approached with the question whether they were willing to be paid to kill someone, investigators allege in an arrest affidavit. He expected that he would receive a number of $8 million of life insurance for his parents, from the sale of their home and the sale of the jewelry shop.
The authorities say they found ammunition in the defendants house that matched intestines found at the crime scene.