Theodore "Ted" Shaughnessy was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in his home on March 2, 2018.
Nicolas’s parents, Corey and Ted, were in their bedroom the night of the attack, the Austin American-Statesman reports, and the couple armed themselves when they heard someone enter their house in the middle of the night.
Ted was shot dead in a hallway. “Corey returned fire until she ran out of ammunition and crawled into a closet to call 911,” the American-Statesman reports. Corey Shaughnessy survived the attack.
KXAN-TV reports Nicolas Shaughnessy had originally been charged with capital murder in the plot.
Nicolas Shaughnessy and his wife allegedly hired two men, identified as Arieon Smith and Johnny Leon, to kill his father. Ted Shaughnessy owned a jewelry store in Austin.
Nicolas Shaughnessy was the sole beneficiary of $2 million in the event of his parents’ death, according to a search warrant. Search warrants at the time of the incident said Nicolas, then 19 and living in College Station, was having financial troubles and owed his mother $30,000, KXAN reports.