The man accused of murdering Ole Miss student Ally Kostial in July has pleaded not guilty to killing her.
WMC-5 reports that Brandon Theesfeld, 22, appeared in court in Lafayette County on Monday and pleaded not guilty to capital murder. According to WREG, Theesfeld remained silent when asked if he had killed Kostial; but it is not clear from the report who asked the question.
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Last month, Theesfeld’s lawyers withdrew a request for bond and asked that their client undergo a psychiatric evaluation. The status of that evaluation and how it relates to his plea is not known.
Kostial, 21, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds on July 20 in a remote area about 30 miles from the Ole Miss campus. Theesfeld was arrested two days later at a gas station in Memphis. He and Kostial are believed to have been in an on-and-off romantic relationship during their time at Ole Miss. Authorities have not commented on a possible motive for the murder.
WMC-5 shared a full video of the brief hearing, during which a judge read Theesfeld the charges before the suspect entered his plea, and was subsequently escorted from the courtroom.
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