Father of Lafayette County murder suspect claims son's innocence

Updated Article - The father of Lafayette County murder suspect, Brandon Theesfeld, says his son is innocent in the death of Alexandria Kostial.

Posted: Jul 23, 2019 10:08 AM
Updated: Jul 26, 2019 2:53 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - An arrest has been made in connection with the death of a female Ole Miss student.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation arrested Brandon Theesfeld for the murder of Alexandria Kostial.

Brandon Theesfeld had his first court appearance Tuesday morning. | Photo: Jake Thompson/The Oxford Eagle

Ally Kostial | Photo: MGN Online

Brandon Theesfeld

The arrest was made Monday afternoon.

Theesfeld is from Texas. Ole Miss later confirmed Theesfeld is a student at the university. 

Lafayette County sheriff’s deputies found the body of Kostial, 21, of St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday in the Harmontown community.

Investigators suspect that foul play was involved, according to a Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department news release.

The University of Mississippi said Kostial was working toward a bachelor's degree in marketing, reports The Associated Press.

Theesfeld's father later released the following statement to WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee.

“I know my son is innocent," Daniel Theesfeld said. "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.”

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