Ole Miss student’s accused murderer withdraws request for bond, requests mental evaluation

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OXFORD, Miss. — Brandon Theesfeld, the man charged in the death of Ole Miss student Ally Kostial, appeared before a judge Thursday morning.

Tony Farese, an attorney for Theesfeld, filed a motion for a bond hearing that was to be heard Thursday in Lafayette County. During the hearing, Farese said in light of "new information," his client would withdraw the request for bond and instead ask for a mental evaluation.

Farese would not specify what the new information was.

Kostial's body was found last month in the Harmontown community of Lafayette County. Investigators say she'd been shot several times. Theesfeld has been in jail since he was arrested last month.

Kostial’s closest friends attended the bond hearing while wearing her favorite color pink in support, but they didn't want people to focus on the suspect. Instead, they wanted that focus to be put on their friend.

Kristi Kelley, a cousin of Kostial, said the family was "deeply grateful for the prudent work accomplished by the Memphis Police, the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, the Lafayette County Coroner's office, Ole Miss community and many others who’ve worked tirelessly on this case."

"Our hearts go out to all those touched by Ally’s positive spirit and passion for life who are now feeling sorrow. We pray for strength in the coming days and are grateful for the friends, neighbors, coworkers and many others who have supported us," she said.

Theesfeld had the support of his parents and sister at Thursday's hearing.

Farese said his team will work with the state hospital to schedule Theesfeld's mental evaluation.

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