Woman charged in Austin jeweler murder-for-hire plot gets bond reduction

    Nineteen-year-olds Nicholas Shaughnessy and Jaclyn Edison are accused of hiring a hitman to murder Shaughnessy's parents for the life insurance money. (Photos courtesy: Austin Police Department)

    A woman charged in the murder-for-hire plot that ended an Austin jeweler's life has received a major bond reduction.

    Jaclyn Edison's $1 million bond was reduced to $250,000, according to the Travis County District Attorney's Office.

    Travis County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Edison along with her husband Nicolas Shaugnessy last month. They're accused of hiring a hitman to kill Shaughnessy's parents.

    Deputies found 55-year-old Theodore Shaughnessy shot dead in his southwest Travis County home in March. His wife survived.

    Court documents claim Nicolas would inherit $2 million with his parents' death. An informant told police Nicolas and Jaclyn offered to pay money to kill his parents. Both are expected to make a court appearance next week.

    As of Friday evening, online records show Edison is no longer in the Travis County Jail.

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