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Victim’s teen son, girlfriend, arrested in death of prominent Texas jeweller, Theodore Shaughnessy, shot dead in a home invasion ! Nicolas Shaughnessy and Jaclyn Edison, both 19, allegedly behind murder-for-hire plot for jackpot of ‘$8MILLION life insurance payout’

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Son of prominent Austin jeweler and his girlfriend, both 19, are arrested in murder-for-hire plot aimed at wiping out his entire family, on March 2
Nicolas Shaughnessy and Jaclyn Edison, both 19, were charged on Tuesday over the violent Austin home invasion where the boy’s dad was shot dead
The plot was a Two-For-One deal which allegedly, also called for the suspect’s mother, Corey Shaughnessy to be killed
Corey, however, she emerged unscathed and called 911 to report an intruder
Police arrived to find that Theodore and a family dog had been shot dead
In a twist of irony, an obituary for Theodore Shaughnessy described him as  ‘a proud father to his son, Nicolas’ 
Nicolas Shaughnessy police say remotely turned off the alarm system at his parent’s house the night of the murder and deleted surveillance video from the time of the break-in from the system
Shaughnessy allegedly, paid the killer[s] to murder his parents so he could receive an estimated $8million for their life insurance policies and the sale of their home
Informant said Nicolas offered $10,000 a month for murder, police interviewed friends, examined couple’s online chat history to uncover murder-for-hire plot
The suspects who secretly wed in 2017, remained in jail
Shaughnessy’s bond is set at a $3 million and Edison’s at $1 million 
Nicolas Shaughnessy and Jaclyn Edison 1.pngNicolas Shaughnessy and Jaclyn Edison, both 19, were charged on Tuesday over the violent Austin home invasion that saw his father Theodore Shaughnessy shot dead.

The teenage son of a prominent Texas jeweler and this teenage girlfriend have been arrested for hiring a hitman to kill his family so he could get his hands on a substantial multi-million dollar life insurance payout.
Nicolas Shaughnessy and Jaclyn Edison, both 19, were charged on Tuesday over the violent home invasion that saw his father Theodore Shaughnessy shot dead.
Police say Shaughnessy had approached multiple people in the months before the shooting asking if they were willing to kill his parents for payment.
Shaughnessy had estimated that he would receive some $8 million from the life insurance policies for both his parents, from the sale of the couple’s home and sale of his father’s prominent jewelry store.
According to court documents, Edison a freshman at Texas A&M University and Nicolas Shaughnessy secretly married in July 2017 and had been living together in College Station.
Police found the marriage certificate at the apartment, which showed the that Shaughnessy’s friend, Spencer Patterson officiated.

Theodore Shaughnessy 1.pngNicolas’ dad Theodore Shaughnessy, [Photo], was found shot dead inside his Austin home on March 2 when police responded to a 911 call about a home invasion

Nicolas’ father, prominent Austin area jeweler, Theodore Shaughnessy, was found shot dead inside his Austin home on March 2 when police responded to a 911 call about a home invasion

Theodore was the owner of Gallerie Jewelers in Austin, Texas.
His wife Corey Shaughnessy, had called 911 in the early morning hours of March 2 to report an intruder inside their Austin home.
When police arrived, they found Theodore dead of multiple gunshot wounds. One of the family’s Rottweilers Bart was also shot dead.

Police said the murder-for-hire plot also called for Corey to be killed but she emerged unscathed.
Theodore had heard their dogs barking and went to check out the house. His wife heard gunshots a few minutes later before the gunman also started firing at her. She managed to return fire with her handgun until she ran out of ammunition and then called 911.
Police said they found ammunition in Shaughnessy’s home in College Station that matched casings found at the crime scene.
The person hired to carry out the murder has not yet been caught but investigators say they are following new leads.

 Shaughnessy family home in Austin, Texas.pngThe teen’s mother, Corey Shaughnessy, had called the emergency number in the early morning hours of March 2 to report an intruder inside their Austin home
Shaughnessy family's Rottweiler Bart .pngOne of the family’s Rottweilers Bart [photo], was also shot dead during the home invasion
Nicolas Shaughnessy and Jaclyn Edison 2.pngNicolas Shaughnessy and Jaclyn Edison [photo], who secretly wed last year, were nailed after  investigators found ammunition in Shaughnessy and Edison’s home in College Station that matched casings found at the crime scene

Police said they found ammunition in Shaughnessy and Edison’s home in College Station that matched casings found at the crime scene

The company had posted on its Facebook page in late April, following his death, that: ‘We are happy to announce that Nicolas, Ted’s son, will be carrying on his legacy here at Gallerie’.
An obituary for the elder Shaughnessy published on Legacy.com said he was ‘a proud father to his son, Nicolas’.
‘One of his most cherished memories was of racing against his son at the Karting track. He took great satisfaction in having taught his son well enough to beat his dad to the finish line,’ the obit read.
Nicolas Shaughnessy and his girlfriend allegedly, had spent weeks, even months, asking people if they wanted to commit murder for money. Police pieced together the young couple’s murder-for-hire plot digging through months worth of text messages sent by Shaughnessy. Investigators also interviewed friends and acquaintances who had spoken to Shaughnessy and Edison.
The couple were also tripped when police interviewed a confidential informant on May 29 who said Nicolas Shaughnessy had asked him to kill his parents in exchange for money, according to the court affidavit,
The informant told police Shaughnessy offered to pay him $10,000 per month. The informant also said he had another conversation in a car with Shaughnessy and Edison, on the subject of the murder plot.
The informant told investigators Shaughnessy talked about a plan for “financial gain,” but said if that didn’t work out, there was “Plan B.” The informant said Edison had a “shocked” look on her face at the mention of “Plan B,” but Shaughnessy told her not to worry about it because the informant already knew what he was talking about.
The informant told police he believed “Plan B” referred to Shaughnessy’s plan to have his parents killed, based on previous conversations, according to court documents.

Theodore Shaughnessy 2.pngShaughnessy Sr. with clients in the jewelry showroom

On the night of the killing, police also say the suspect left a window in his bedroom open and instructed the alleged killer[s] to access the home through the window. Investigators said Nick often entered the house through the window and had told friends to do so in the past.
Executing a search warrant against the  College Station apartment where Nick Shaughnessy and Edison lived, investigators found a box of Sig .380 caliber bullets, the same brand and caliber found at the shooting scene. Police said six bullets were missing from the box.
They also found a chat log between Edison and Shaughnessy from February 23 and 24 discussing a $50,000 payment for a “job.”

Nicolas Shaughnessy 3.png
The company had posted on its Facebook page in late April, following his death, that: ‘We are happy to announce that Nicolas, Ted’s son, will be carrying on his legacy here at Gallerie’. 

Nicolas Shaughnessy police say, remotely turned off the alarm system at his parent’s house the night of the murder.
Investigators obtained records from ADT, which showed Nick’s College Station IP address logged into the system three times the night of the murder. Police said only Nick and his parents had access to the system.
The security system t was accessed after his father’s death at a point when his mother did not have access to her cell phone, police said. Surveillance video from the time of the break-in was deleted from the system, police said.
Nicolas Shaughnessy had estimated that he would receive some $8 million from the life insurance policies for both his parents, from the sale of the couple’s home and sale of his father’s jewelry store

Gallerie Jewelers in Austin, Texas 1.pngTheodore was the owner of Gallerie Jewelers in Austin. The company had posted on its Facebook page in late April that Nicolas would be taking over

The obituary went on to say that Theodore had saved his wife’s life by giving her just a few critical seconds to fight back.
‘Ted and Corey celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary this past January. It is a long time, but not nearly long enough,’ the obit said.
‘There was so much more to experience and live through together. They were true partners in every sense, the best of friends, and now one half of the whole is gone.’
Shaughnessy and his girlfriend, who live together in College Station, were both charged with criminal solicitation to commit capital murder.
They remained in jail on Wednesday with Shaughnessy’s bond set at a $3 million and Edison’s at $1 million.

 

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