Big twist in high-profile murder case

HOUSTON The information coming out of court is limited because of an ongoing gag order in the case, but when the capital murder indictment was read, the defendant, Nicholas Jean, pleaded guilty.

This case dates back to the night of February 2, 2009. De Jesus was working late at a women's clothing store near Pearland off Smith Ranch and FM 518. According to law enforcement, she was forced into her vehicle and kidnapped. Her vehicle was found abandoned, but De Jesus was found shot to death in a tractor trailer several weeks later.

The judge called for a break immediately following the plea this morning. The attorneys have been meeting ever since, and the judge expects to address this case in open court sometime this afternoon. The jury was asked to come back tomorrow.

We will continue to follow this developing story and bring you any new details here on and on later editions of Eyewitness News.

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