Brandon Theesfeld, the 21-year-old former University of Mississippi student, was indicted by a grand jury on a capital murder charge on Friday.
“[Theesfeld] did unlawfully, willfully and feloniously and without authority of law and with or without deliberate design to effect death, kill and murder Alexandria Madison Kostial, a human being, by shooting her with a firearm,” the signed indictment reads.
The indictment also states that Theesfeld murdered Kostial while kidnapping her.
Theesfeld is charged with the murder of fellow student Ally Kostial, whose body was found near Buford Ridge in Harmontown on July 20. The preliminary autopsy report confirmed that Kostial died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Theesfeld was arrested July 22 and has been held at the Lafayette County Detention Center since.
On Aug. 22 at Theesfeld’s bond hearing, his defense team — comprised of Tony and Steve Farese and Swayze Alford — withdrew their request for a bond hearing, and instead requested a psychiatric evaluation.
At Theesfeld’s bond hearing, both his defense team and Attorney General Ben Creekmore acknowledged the length of time it takes for a psychiatric evaluation to be completed through the state hospital. There is no known timeline for his evaluation process at this time.
Despite the indictment, Theesfeld maintains his innocence, according to defense attorney Tony Farese. Farese said that Theesfeld intends to enter a plea of not guilty.