19-year-old woman accused in murder-for-hire plot posts bond

Crime
Jaclyn Edison and Nicolas Shaughnessy

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 19-year-old woman accused of conspiring with her husband in a murder-for-hire plot is out of jail after getting her bond reduced from $1 million to $250,000. 

Jaclyn Edison was booked into the Travis County Jail on May 29 and has remained there for the past few weeks. Court records indicate the new bond was issued on Friday, June 15 and she posted bond Friday afternoon. She has a scheduled court appearance next week. 

The Travis County District Attorney’s Office issued a statement saying: “This is an ongoing investigation so we cannot comment at this time and we continue to receive useful information and follow any and all leads as they come to our attention.” 

Edison and Nicolas Shaughnessy, 19, are charged with soliciting to commit capital murder in connection with the death of Shaughnessy’s father, Theodore “Ted” Shaughnessy. The couple is accused of hiring someone to kill Ted Shaughnessy on March 2 at his home in southwest Travis County. 

His wife Corey — the suspect’s mother — called 911 around 4:45 a.m. that morning to report a home intruder and that shots had been fired inside their home. 

According to court documents, when Ted Shaughnessy heard the dogs bark, he grabbed his gun to check the house. Less than a minute later, his wife heard gunshots so she grabbed her gun just as the suspects fired at her. She returned fire “until she ran out of ammunition.”

According to court records, the home’s alarm system showed the system was remotely accessed three different times the night of the shooting.

Detectives say it was traced back to Nicolas Shaughnessy’s apartment in College Station. Police said the video corresponding to the time of the break-in was gone.

They believe someone logged into the system and manually deleted the videos, and the only person who had access at that time was the victim’s son.  

As detectives investigated the murder, they discovered the two 19-year-olds had gotten married in July of last year. 

In a statement by Perry Minton and Rick Flores last month, attorneys for Nicholas Shaughnessy, they say his mother “stands firmly behind her son.” 

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