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Couple’s engagement ring out of reach during murder-for-hire investigation

A Cedar Park couple is without their engagement ring because their jeweler was murdered and the jeweler’s son is charged with plotting it. (CBS Austin)

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KEYE) - A Cedar Park couple is without their engagement ring because their jeweler was murdered and the jeweler’s son is charged with plotting it.

Back in October, a diamond fell out of the ring Anthony Zanin gave his bride-to-be, he brought it to Gallerie Jewelers in Central Austin. He said Ted Shaughnessy warmly met him at the counter.

“(He was) really kind and humble, he really wanted to get to know you and your story,” said Zanin.

Then in early March, Zanin heard the news that Ted was shot and killed in his southwest Travis County home. The gunman still hasn’t been identified or arrested.

A few months later, Zanin brought the ring back to Gallerie Jewelers for more repairs, he offered his condolences to Ted’s son Nick who he said was managing the store.

“He kind of had a stone cold look to him a little bit, something that seemed a little off, but with the amount of people that were coming in and out, I didn’t think much of it,” he said.

A few days later, Nick and his wife Jaclyn Edison, both 19-years-old, were arrested by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office for plotting Ted Shaughnessy's murder to receive his life insurance policy.

“I had absolutely no words, all I could think of is how am I going to get this ring back,” said Zanin.

Zanin said he’s left multiple messages with the store, he’s tried reaching out to them on Facebook and he called the Shaughnessy household, all without any luck.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office said they couldn’t do anything because no laws have been broken.

Originally, Zanin and his fiancé planned to take engagement photos this weekend but that has since been rescheduled.

He’s hoping he can get his ring back before the wedding in October. “What avenues does the customer have, and what rights and privileges does the customer have to their goods locked up in the shop,” he said.

As of Wednesday night, the attorney that represents Nick Shaughnessy and Jaclyn Edison didn’t reply to a request for comment.

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