October 22, 2020

Man accused of killing Ole Miss coed has first court appearance

The man police say murdered an Ole Miss student over the weekend made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning.

Brandon A. Theesfeld, 22, was booked at 3:45 p.m. on Monday the murder of Ole Miss student Alexandria ‘Ally’ Kostial.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations released a statement at 11:08 a.m. confirming Theesfeld’s involvement with the case.

At 11:30 a.m. Theesfeld, along with his attorney Swayze Alford, stood before Lafayette County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth and was formally charged with murder.

A bond hearing will take place at a later date.

Kostial was found at 10:23 a.m. Saturday near the Buford Ridge area of Harmontown, approximately 20 miles from the Ole Miss campus.

No further details have been released by the authorities regarding how Kostial died, though other reports claim she was shot multiple times