Authorities in Lafayette County, Mississippi, have released the first mugshot of the man accused of killing University of Mississippi student Ally Kostial.
Meanwhile, Brandon Theesfeld’s father has insisted there was some kind of mistake, and that his son could not have killed the 21-year-old sorority sister, who was found dead with eight gunshot wounds on Saturday morning. A Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputy on a routine patrol found the body near a lake in a remote area about 30 miles from the Ole Miss campus in Oxford.
Until Tuesday, Theesfeld was also enrolled at Ole Miss, but the university suspended him after the arrest. On Tuesday afternoon, the suspect’s father spoke with WMC Action News 5, and said that he was traveling from Texas to Mississippi to support Brandon. He told a reporter that he believes his son is innocent, adding that he has reasons that he cannot discuss at this time.
NEW: Father of suspect Brandon Theesfeld charged with murder in death of fellow Ole Miss student Ally Kostial released this statement to me. He is driving from Texas and hasn’t seen his son yet @WMCActionNews5 pic.twitter.com/ybBWUdbBgj
— Kendall Downing (@kendall_downing) July 23, 2019
“… I would ask everybody to please give him the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise,” Daniel Theesfeld said.
Authorities have not released any information about a possible motive for the apparent homicide.
Theesfeld appeared for his first court appearance on Tuesday morning, but he is reportedly still awaiting a bond hearing.
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