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Third suspect arrested in the murder of an Austin jeweler

A third suspect has been arrested in the murder-for-hire of an Austin jeweler. 21-year-old Johnny Roman Leon was arrested in College Station on Wednesday. He faces charges of Criminal Solicitation of Capital Murder in connection with the shooting death of Ted Shaughnessy. (Photo courtesy: Austin Police Department)

A third suspect has been arrested in the murder-for-hire of an Austin jeweler. 21-year-old Johnny Roman Leon was arrested in College Station on Wednesday. He faces charges of Criminal Solicitation of Capital Murder in connection with the shooting death of Ted Shaughnessy.

The new allegations are spelled out in court documents made public on Wednesday. A confidential informant says in the documents that Theodore Shaughnessy's son offered thousands of dollars for help killing his parents.

Ted Shaughnessy died from multiple gun shots on March 2, 2018. He was murdered in his home on Oliver Drive in southwestern Travis County. Shaughnessy’s 19-year-old son, Nicholas, and the teen's wife were charged in May with Criminal Solicitation of Capital Murder. On Wednesday, Leon was arrested in College Station and charged with the same crime. Authorities describe the crime as a murder-for-hire plot.

“Our investigation revealed that Mr. Leon was involved with Nicholas Shaughnessy in the planning and the execution in the incident that occurred on March 2, 2018,” said Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez.

According to the court documents released Wednesday, the police informant told investigators that Leon and Nicolas Shaughnessy had scoped out his parents’ home.

“At first, Nick and Johnny would not tell the source what they actually wanted him to do, but they eventually told him they needed two people to kill two people, by shooting them and possibly shooting some dogs, if needed."

“We have had sources that have been very helpful in this case,” said Sheriff Hernandez.

One informant says in the Affidavit for Warrant of Arrest and Detention that he was offered $10,000 to help Leon and Shaughnessy with the deadly plan.

“This is a big step in this case,” said Sheriff Hernandez. “We do feel very confident this is a big piece.”

At a Wednesday press conference, Sheriff Hernandez said investigators are still in College Station executing a search warrant and doing more interviews. But she describes Wednesday’s arrest as a breakthrough for investigators who got new leads after viewing home security video at the Shaughnessy’s house on Oliver Drive.

“They have just been working night and day on this case so it is a big relief,” said Sheriff Hernandez.

According to the new court documents Nicholas Shaughnessy told an informant he expected to get about $8 million dollars upon the death of his parents. That money included $2 million from life insurance and the remaining money would be made by selling his parents' home and their jewelry store, Gallerie Jewelers, located in the 3500 block of Jefferson Street.

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