Brandon Theesfeld

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Fort Worth Man Arrested In Death Of Ole Miss Student

July 23, 2019 - 12:33 pm
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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a University of Mississippi student from Texas, saying he killed a female Ole Miss student.

Lafayette County Sheriff’s Major Alan Wilburn says Brandon A. Theesfeld, 22, is charged with murder in the death of Alexandria “Ally” Kostial.

A 21-year-old from St. Louis, Kostial was found dead Saturday night in the Harmontown community near Sardis Lake, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from campus.

Theesfeld was arrested Monday afternoon and booked into Lafayette County jail.

“We are not releasing details of the investigation as this is an ongoing investigation,” Wilburn said. “We will release when it is appropriate and not before.”

Ole Miss spokesman Rod Guajardo said Theesfeld was studying business administration, but has been suspended from the university.

Lawyer Swayze Alford, who represented Theesfeld in a Tuesday morning appearance before Lafayette County Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth, didn’t return a phone call or email seeking comment. Howorth agreed to consider whether to set bail for Theesfeld at a later date to be agreed on by Alford and Assistant District Attorney Mickey Mallett.

Kostial was working toward a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Kostial’s father, Keith Kostial, posted on Facebook that his daughter had been attending summer school and teaching fitness classes at the university. He says she graduated from Lindbergh High School in 2016.

Fort Worth Country Day School spokeswoman Shannon Allen tells local news outlets that Theesfeld attended the school from 2012 to 2014, but didn’t return the next year because of academic reasons.