The father of the man accused of killing 21-year-old University of Mississippi student Alexandria “Ally” Kostial is asking the public to reserve judgement as the legal process plays out.
In a statement to WMC-TV, Brandon Theesfeld’s father, Daniel, said his son is not a killer.
“I know my son is innocent,” reads the statement. “And I have reasons to believe that I can’t share anything now. But I would ask everybody to please give him the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise.”
Theesfeld, 22, was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with murder in Kostial’s shooting death.
Theesfeld, a Texas native, was one of Kostial’s classmates at the School of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi, school officials confirmed.
Kostial’s remains were recovered from Harmontown, Mississippi, by officers on routine patrol.
Kostial, from St. Louis, Missouri, was shot eight times, according to investigators.
According to police, Kostial was last seen Friday evening, stopping at the door of a bar but not entering the establishment.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Chris Harris