The man accused of killing Ole Miss college student Ally Kostial this summer and then leaving her bullet-ridden body in a desolate area outside campus has pleaded not guilty to her murder.
Brandon Theesfeld, 22, entered the not guilty plea in an Oxford court Monday, according to local station WREG.
Theesfeld remained stoic throughout the proceedings and didn’t answer when reporters asked whether he killed the college sorority girl, who he had reportedly dated on and off for years.
Kostial’s body was discovered by Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputies on a routine patrol the morning of July 20 near Sardis Lake, an area about 30 miles away from the college campus, KTVI reports.
A preliminary autopsy determined Kostial, who was from the St. Louis area, had been shot to death.
Theesfeld was arrested at a Memphis gas station a few days after the body was discovered. Law enforcement sources told WHBQ-TV shortly after the arrest that Theesfeld’s clothes appeared to have blood on them and a weapon was also found in his vehicle.
Investigators have not announced a motive in the case.
In August, Theesfeld’s attorney Steve Farese withdrew a request for a bond hearing for his client and instead requested a psychiatric evaluation after discovering “new information,” The Mississippi Clarion Ledger reported at the time.
The status of the evaluation is unclear.
On Monday, Kostial’s family and friends gathered in the courtroom for the proceeding in memory of the vibrant marketing major who taught yoga and pilates, the Oxford Eagle reports.
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