Accused Ole Miss student’s killer appears in court, denies he killed co-ed

Published 3:21 pm Monday, September 30, 2019

Former Ole Miss student Brandon Theesfeld appeared in court Monday and pleaded not guilty after he was officially arraigned on charges he killed a fellow classmate, Alexandria “Ally” Kostial.

Theesfield has been charged with capital murder in Kostial’s death because prosecutors say he killed her after kidnapping her. He will face either life in prison or the death penalty if found guilty.

Kostial’s body was found in the Buford Ridge area of Harmontown on July 20 by Lafayette County Sheriffs Deputies. It was confirmed through the preliminary autopsy report that Kostial died from multiple gunshot wounds.

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“(Theesfeld) did unlawfully, willfully and feloniously and without authority of law and with or without deliberate design to effect death, kill and murder Alexandria Madison Kostial, a human being, by shooting her with a firearm,” the signed indictment reads. The charges were read to the court Monday as Theesfeld stood before the court before his attorney entered his plea of not guilty.