Nicolas Patrick Shaughnessy, the heir to an Austin-based jewelry company, will appear before the magistrates to answer for the death of Theodore Shaughnessy, his father. Court documents suggest that the Austin Jewelry heir and his live-in girlfriend could have approached several individuals, promising them money in exchange for Theodore’s head.
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On Tuesday, Nicolas Patrick Shaughnessy and Jaclyn Alexa Edison, both 19, were taken into custody by Austin authorities and charged with one count of criminal solicitation to commit capital murder.
Edison and Shaughnessy were arrested at their College Station residence in connection with the March murder of Theodore Shaughnessy, Nicolas’s father.
According to the court document, on the 2nd of March, Corey Shaughnessy, Theodore’s spouse, contacted the authorities to report a shooting at their residence. When the deputies arrived at Mrs. Shaughnessy’s house, they found Theodore on the floor with a gunshot wound to his head. The man was declared dead at the scene.
In early April, Nicolas’ father, who was the owner and founder of Gallerie Jewelers, wrote on the company’s Facebook page that the intends to step down and pass the mantle to his boy.
However, by the end of March, Sheriff’s deputies amassed enough evidence to charge the Austin Jewelry heir and his girlfriend.
The couple’s police interview revealed that Shaughnessy paid an undisclosed sum for his father’s murder. Moreover, Shaughnessy allegedly approached several individuals in the months before Theodore’s death, making them similar offers.
Apparently, Theodore’s assassination should have been disguised in a home invasion. The individual who shot Nicolas’ father on the 2nd of March remains at large.
Nicolas and Jaclyn were booked on Wednesday into the county prison. Shaughnessy is being held on an $8 million bond while Edison’s bond has been set at $3 million.
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