Brandon Theesfeld pleads not guilty in the murder of Ally Kostial

Published 3:17 pm Monday, September 30, 2019

Last month, Brandon Theesfeld was indicted with a charge of capital murder in the death of Ole Miss student Ally Kostial.

On Monday, with members of Kostial’s family and friends in attendance, Theesfeld pled not guilty during his arraignment at the Lafayette County Courthouse.

Theesfeld is charged in the death of Kostial, whose body was found by Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputies on the morning of July 20. The deputies were on a routine patrol in the Buford Ridge area of Harmontown, near Sardis Lake, when they found Kostial’s body.

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During what was supposed to be a bond hearing, attorney Steve Farese requested a psychiatric evaluation for his client. Farese also withdrew the request for a bond hearing.

Following Monday’s proceedings, Farese left the courthouse without speaking or providing any update on the status of Theesfeld’s psych evaluation.

Theesfeld remains in custody in an undisclosed location.