Homicide

Texas man accused of dismembering college student is indicted

Police charge Charles Dean Bryant with Jacqueline Vandagriff's murder

 

A man in Texas used a zip tie and a hacksaw to kill a Texas Woman’s University student, leaving her dismembered and burned body in a plastic kiddie pool, prosecutors revealed as the suspect was indicted Monday.

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Charles Dean Bryant, 30, faced a capital murder charge for allegedly killing Jacqueline Vandagriff, the Star Telegram reported.

According to a search warrant affidavit, a zip tie with hair fibers and a hacksaw “with potential hair on the blade” were among the dozens of items found in Bryant’s home near Haslet. Multiple knives and guns, including a shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle, were seized from his home.

Vandagriff, 24, of Frisco, was found burned and dismembered in a plastic kiddie pool in Acorn Wood Park on Lake Grapevine on Sept. 14.

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According to police, Bryan met Vandagriff at a local bar the night before she turned up dead. Security footage showed the two meeting at a bar in Denton, where she attended Texas Woman’s University. They were later seen at a different bar before leaving together around 9:45 p.m.

Her body was found the next morning when firefighters responded to a fire at the park. A witness saw a man standing over the fire before leaving, the arrest warrant said.

Video surveillance also showed Bryant buying a shovel at 4:41 a.m. at a local Walmart, and there is evidence at his home that someone had tried to dig a hole in the ground.

A day after her body was found, a mysterious tweet appeared on Vandagriff’s Twitter account that read, “Never knew I could feel like this.”

Authorities at the time said they were investigating the tweet as part of the investigation against Bryant.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office listed her cause of death as homicidal violence.

Bryant remains in the Tarrant County Jail with bail set at $1 million. The Star Telegram reported he has a court date scheduled for Dec. 14.