University of Mississippi student arrested over suspected murder of classmate Ally Kostial, as newly revealed photograph from 2016 shows the beaming suspect with his arm on victim’s waist, indicating the pair had known each other for years
Brandon Theesfeld has been charged over her murder of Alexandria ‘Ally’ Kostial as it is revealed that they were both seen on surveillance video at a grocery store close to where her body was discovered
Theesfeld, 22, was taken into custody on Monday evening outside a gas station in South Memphis after the body of 21-year-old Ally Kostial was discovered by a police officer during his patrol over the weekend
Ally Kostial vanished Friday night after hitting a popular off campus hangout with her classmate Theesfeld on Friday night, her body was found near Sardis Lake in Mississippi on Saturday
Kostial and Theesfeld were seen at the Lakeside Market grocery store in Como on the night of July 19
Theesfeld allegedly had blood on his clothes when police arrested him two days after the victim’s body was found near Sardis Lake in Mississippi
‘Never once thought he was capable of that.’
Theesfeld allegedly had blood on his clothes when police arrested him two days after the victim’s body was found near Sardis Lake in Mississippi.
Surveillance images obtained by Fox13 showed Theesfeld entering the gas station wearing an Ole Miss t-shirt just moments before police arrived and swarmed his truck.
They had tracked his cell and credit cards and spotted his pickup truck parked outside.
‘I know my son is innocent. And I have reasons to believe that I can’t share anything now. But I would ask everybody to please give him the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise,’ he said in a statement to WLBT.
Theesfeld is understood to have been arrested for public intoxication and having a fake ID in April 2017.
It is not known if Ally was killed at the lake or if her body had been brought there and police have not released a motive in the shooting.
A spokesman at Ole Miss said Theesfeld, a student of business administration, had been suspended from the university.
Theesfeld appears to have been active on his Twitter account in the days following Kostial’s death. His social media accounts have since been removed.
The victim’s father, Keith Kostial, posted on Facebook that his daughter had been attending summer school and teaching fitness classes at the university.
At Ole Miss on Wednesday, black ribbons hung outside Kostial’s sorority house.
The University paid tribute to Ally, calling her ‘a valued member of our campus community’.