Nicolas Shaughnessy and Jaclyn Edison.
(Travis County Jail)
A Texas teenager and his girlfriend were charged with hiring a hitman to kill the man jeweler father, who was gunned down in March during a break-in, authorities said Wednesday.
Nicolas Patrick Shaughnessy and Jaclyn, Alex Edison, both in the age of 19 and out of College Station, were arrested on one count of criminal solicitation to commit capital murder, Travis County officials said.
Deputies discovered Theodore Shaughnessy dead at his home with multiple gunshot wounds on March 2, after Corey Shaughnessy, the toe of the mother, called 911 to report that there is an intruder in the house, researchers said. Authorities say the murder-for-hire plot called the mother be killed, but she was unharmed. The dog was killed in the break-in.
Theodore Shaughnessy was the owner of the Gallerie Jewelers in Austin. The company said on its Facebook page in late April that Nicholas Shaughnessy was in the jewelry shop.
An in memoriam for the elder Shaughnessy published in the Austin American-Statesman said that he was “a proud father to his son Nicolas.”
Nicholas Shaughnessy allegedly asked several people whether they would be willing to get paid to kill someone in the months before the shooting, investigators said. The teenager claimed he’d received about $8 million of life insurance in the death of his parents and the sale of their house and jewelry store, investigators said.
The authorities said they found ammunition in the defendants house that matched intestines found at the crime scene.
It is unclear what the role of Edison, New Jersey native was a freshman at Texas A&M, played in the alleged assassin to kill. The police said Edison was quiet when she was talking with the researchers, but broke when she told me she would be tested for “gunshot residue,” according to KYTX-TV.
The shooter is still not be caught. Sheriff spokeswoman Kristen Dark said that detectives are following new leads in the case.”
The pair were held at the Travis County Jail. Shaughnessy’s bail is set at $3 million, while the Edison bail was at $1 million.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.