Big twist in high-profile murder case

Nicholas Jean (right) has pleaded guilty to the 2009 murder of Pearland resident Susana DeJesus (left).

May 26, 2010 11:58:24 AM PDT
There was a big twist this morning in a high-profile murder case in Brazoria County. A man set to go to trial for the murder of Susana De Jesus has changed his plea to guilty. 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.