The stays of 21-year-old Kostial, who was working towards a advertising diploma at Ole Miss, have been discovered about 30 miles from campus close to Sardis Lake with a number of gunshot wounds on July 20, 2019.
Theesfeld, who was a enterprise scholar on the college, was arrested two days later at a gasoline station in Memphis, Tennessee, in possession of a .40-caliber Glock. Prosecutors mentioned in courtroom Friday that ballistics from the scene at Sardis Lake have been a match for his gun.
Kostial advised Theesfeld three months earlier than she was killed that she was doubtless pregnant, however Theesfeld responded in messages that “he felt turning into a father at this level in his life would break his life,” a prosecutor mentioned in courtroom Friday, based on a stream of the proceedings recorded by Fox affiliate KTVI.
Theesfeld averted assembly in individual with Kostial over the following three months and finally drove to the Dallas space and bought the Glock handgun a few week earlier than the slaying.
Kostial was final seen on surveillance video leaving a bar shortly earlier than midnight on July 19.
Round 1 a.m. on July 20, Theesfeld could possibly be seen driving towards Kostial’s dwelling then driving away towards Sardis Lake. Gunshots have been heard by somebody close to the lake round 2:15 a.m. and GPS coordinates on Theesfeld’s cellphone present him leaving the lake about half-hour later, the prosecutor mentioned Friday.
The entire bullets in Kostial’s physique that have been entire sufficient for forensic testing have been confirmed to have been fired from Theesfeld’s Glock.
Authorities carried out a search warrant at Theesfeld’s residence and located a letter addressed to his mother and father.
“I’m not a superb individual. It isn’t your fault. One thing in me simply doesn’t work,” the letter mentioned, based on the prosecutor. “I’ve at all times had horrible ideas I’ve at all times had these demons. I simply type of fell off. I believe that is the top for me. I’m both going to jail or going to die. I do know I will likely be caught.”
Theesfeld will now be sentenced to life in jail. He apologized to Kostial’s household and his family Friday.
“I want I may take all of it again however I can’t,” Theesfeld mentioned. “There isn’t any excuse for my actions. I’ve requested God for forgiveness and I hope that someday you’ll discover it in your coronary heart to forgive me.”
A letter by Kostial’s mom that was learn in courtroom Friday described her as vivid, compassionate, candy and hardworking.
“We take consolation in the truth that Ally won’t ever be outlined by how she was ripped out of our lives, however how she lived her life and all her nice qualities,” the letter mentioned.
“Our lives have been ceaselessly altered and shattered and her absence haunts us daily.”