FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A jury has found a Haslet man guilty of murdering a local college student. The group agreed with the prosecution that Charles Dean Bryant is the person who, after a night of drinking, killed Jacqueline Vandagriff then dismembered and burned her body.
He was sentenced to life in prison.READ MORE: I-Team: Bank Of America And Zelle Customers Targeted In New High-Tech Scam
Deliberations began Monday in Fort Worth in of Bryant, who is also charged with tampering with evidence in the death of 24-year-old Vandagriff, a Texas Woman’s University student.
Defense attorney Glynis McGinty said during closing arguments Monday that Vandagriff died accidentally during sex. She says a plastic tie was placed around Vandagriff’s neck, causing asphyxiation.READ MORE: Technology Helping Melissa ISD Retain School Bus Drivers During Nationwide Shortage
Social media accounts, surveillance video and cell phone pings all put Vandagriff and Bryant, a fitness trainer, together at a bar in Denton and eventually at his home. Investigators say there’s also evidence someone had started digging a hole in Bryant’s backyard. The spot is where officials say the now 31-year-old initially tried to bury Vandagriff.
McGinty says Bryant committed a crime by panicking and disposing of the woman’s body in September 2016, but he did not commit murder.
Vandagriff’s remains were found in a kiddie pool near Grapevine Lake two nights after their fatal encounter.MORE NEWS: Parents Share Safety Concerns At Mansfield ISD Town Hall On Campus Security Following School Shooting
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