By David Boroff: The Texas man accused of killing a 24-year-old college student who was found dismembered and burned last month was “coerced and enticed” into giving statements to police, his lawyer says.
Charles Bryant, charged with capital murder in the death of Jacqueline Vandagriff, was “substantially deprived of freedom” and gave “involuntary” information to cops, Glynis McGinty charges in a court document obtained by the Dallas Morning News.
McGinty argues that Bryant’s statements to authorities should be suppressed, according to the newspaper.
Vandagriff was seen on video meeting Bryant on Sept. 13 at a bar in Denton, and the Texas Woman’s University student was later seen going to another bar with the suspect. Her body was found the following morning in a plastic kiddie pool in a park in Grapevine.
It is not known if Vandagriff and Bryant knew each other before meeting that night.
Vandagriff’s phone was near Bryant’s home in Haslet on the morning of Sept. 14, according to cellphone records. Bryant bought a shovel at 4:41 a.m. at a local Walmart, video shows, and there was evidence at his home that someone had tried to dig a hole in the ground.
The cause of death for the nutrition student has not been released. Bryant, 30, is still being held on $1 million bail, according to the Morning News.