Fitness instructor accused of murdering student claims she died during ‘kinky’ sex and he chopped her body up in a panic

Charles Bryant is on trial for the murder of Texas Women’s University student Jacqueline Vandagriff, 24.

Bryant, now 31, was seen drinking with the student at a bar in the town of Grapevine at 11.30pm on September 13, 2016.

CCTV footage from the night shows the pair standing at the bar and chatting while a staff member busies herself nearby.

At one point, the couple both take a drink from the same cup before leaving together.

Vandagriff’s dismembered and burnt body was discovered in a paddling pool at a park at 6.30am the next day.


On the opening day of Bryant’s trial in Fort Worth, defence lawyer Glynis McGinty told the court that Vandagriff had died during "kinky" sex.

She then described how her client "freaked out" and went to buy a shovel from Walmart at around 4am to bury the body.

She told jurors that he was simply guilty of tampering with evidence, not murder.

According to the prosecution, the student had just started "a new path" at university before Bryant – described as "an evil destructive figure" – stepped into it.


The court had previously been told how Bryant had been active on social media following the murder, with one Facebook post reading: "Full moon, let's see what trouble I can get into."

Court documents also reveal that Vandagriff’s smartphone was found near Bryant’s home on the day her body was discovered.

Bryant was arrested days later following a state-wide search, which including FBI officers.

He was charged with capital murder and his bail was set for $1million (£704,000).

The gym enthusiast faces the death penalty if found guilty of murder.

While investigating the circumstances surrounding Vandagriff’s death, police allegedly found indecent images and videos of children on Bryant’s phone.

He has since also been charged with possession of child abuse material.



 

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