The son of an Austin jeweler who was shot and killed in his home in March told detectives he owed thousands to his mother, according to a report.
The Austin-American Statesman reported Wednesday that Nicolas Shaughnessy told detectives his mother, Corey, loaned him $30,000 to help him start a day-trading business. The loan led to an argument between the two the week before the killing.
Corey Shaughnessy was injured and her husband, Ted, was fatally shot in an attack in their Travis County home on March 2. Nicolas Shaughnessy and his wife, Jaclyn Edison, both 19, were arrested in May on charges of criminal solicitation of capital murder. The two, who lived in College Station at the time of Ted Shaughnessy's death, are accused of being involved in a murder-for-hire plot. A third man, Johnny Roman Leon III, 21, of College Station was also arrested in the crime. Authorities say Nicolas Shaughnessy would receive $2 million in the event of his parents' deaths.
In addition to owing his mother money, detectives also found a chat conversation between Nicolas Shaughnessy and a neighbor who was trying to collect a debt, the warrant stated. Detectives also found a screenshot Edison sent to a friend that showed she had $1.92 in her bank account and $1.65 in the couple's joint account, the Statesman reported.
The Statesman reached out to attorneys representing Nicolas Shaughnessy but did not receive a response by press time.