The bail for the daughter-in-law of a slain Austin jeweler has been reduced, and she is helping investigators unravel an alleged murder-for-hire plot against him, according to law enforcement sources.
The sources say Jaclyn Edison, 19, has begun cooperating with the ongoing investigation to find out who shot and killed Gallerie Jewelers owner Ted Shaughnessy in his southwestern Travis County home in March.
Prosecutor Amy Meredith said she could not comment on the specifics of the ongoing investigation. However, she said, authorities “have continued to follow investigative leads. Based upon that information, we have agreed to a bond reduction with all the conditions that we have requested.”
Edison is married to Shaughnessy’s 19-year-old son, Nicolas. Both face a charge of solicitation to commit capital murder.
The couple received national attention late last month after Travis County sheriff’s investigators charged them with the first-degree felony and released an arrest affidavit that included details of the steps police say the couple took to have Ted Shaughnessy and his wife, Corey, killed.
Nicolas Shaughnessy had told associates, according to the affidavit, that he could gain as much as $8 million in life insurance and property.
Prosecutors agreed to reduce Edison’s bail from $1 million to $250,000, with a 10 percent cash deposit, paving the way for her release from jail.
Edison was released Friday afternoon, but Nicolas Shaughnessy remained in the Travis County Jail on Friday.
Edison must wear an ankle monitor bracelet, surrender her passport and have no contact with Nicolas Shaughnessy, Corey Shaughnessy or a third person connected to the case.
She also must attend counseling and will have a curfew.