FORT WORTH, Texas – The Latest on the conviction of a man in the death of a Texas college student whose body was found dismembered and burned (all times local):
A 31-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison hours after he was found guilty of murdering a Texas college student.
The Tarrant County jury in Fort Worth also sentenced Charles Dean Bryant to 20 years in prison for evidence tampering in the dismemberment and burning of the body of 24-year-old Jacqueline Vandagriff, a Texas Woman's University student. The sentences will be served concurrently.
The jury deliberated the sentences for about an hour Monday afternoon. The same jurors convicted Bryant earlier Monday after less than three hours of deliberation.
Bryant's attorney sought a 20-year sentence for his client.
A 31-year-old man has been convicted of murder in the death of a Texas college student whose body was found dismembered, burned and with her heart cut out.
A jury in Fort Worth deliberated for less than three hours Monday before convicting Charles Dean Bryant in the death of 24-year-old Jacqueline Vandagriff, a Texas Woman's University student.
Bryant also was found guilty of tampering with evidence.
Defense attorney Glynis McGinty argued that Vandagriff died accidentally during consensual sex with Bryant. She says a plastic tie was placed around Vandagriff's neck, causing asphyxiation. Prosecutors say there's no evidence the two had sex.
McGinty says Bryant committed a crime by panicking and disposing of the woman's body in September 2016, but he did not commit murder.
The punishment phase is underway.