Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Ole Miss Student Charged with Murder of Fellow Classmate

By Talbert Toole
Lifestyles Editor

Brandon Theesfeld, 22, was officially charged Tuesday morning with the murder Alexandria “Ally” Kostial. Photo by Talbert Toole.

Brandon Theesfeld, 22, was officially charged Tuesday morning with the murder of Ole Miss student Alexandria “Ally” Kostial, 21, from St. Louis, Missouri.

Following the ruling, Lafayette County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth granted the defense and prosecutors time to work out a date for a bond hearing. He will remain in custody pending the bond hearing at the Lafayette County Detention Center. 

Theesfeld was represented Tuesday by local attorney Swayze Alford.

Theesfeld was arrested by Lafayette County Sheriff Deputy Jarrett Bundren Monday at 3:45 p.m., according to the Lafayette County Detention Center docket.

Kostial was found in Harmontown Saturday by a Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputy.

According to a press release, at about 10:23 a.m. Saturday, a deputy making a routine patrol in Harmontown found the body of a woman who has been identified as Alexandria “Ally” Kostial, 21, from St. Louis, Missouri.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department said it is “apparent that foul play was involved.”

One of Kostial’s friends replied to Hottytoddy.com’s story stating Theesfeld had been harassing Kostial “for years.” However, no motive has been established at this time.

Theesfeld was a student in the School of Business Administration and has been suspended from the university, according to Rod Guajardo with University Communications.

Kostial, a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, was working toward a bachelor’s degree in marketing in the School of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi, according to Guajardo.

Investigators with Sheriff’s Department, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, the Mississippi Crime Lab Crime Scene Unit are actively working the case being assisted by the University of Mississippi Police Department and the Oxford Police Department.

Lafayette County Sheriff Maj. Alan Wilburn said in a press release Tuesday, that the department will not be releasing details of the investigation as it is an ongoing investigation. 

“We will release when it is appropriate and not before,” Wilburn said in the press release.

This is a developing story. Follow Hottytoddy.com for updates.