A Texas man charged with dismembering a college student and then burning her remains didn’t kill her, but rather she died during “kinky” sex, the man’s defense attorney said.
Charles Bryant’s murder trial began Monday at Tarrant County jury in Fort Worth where his defense lawyer, Glynis McGinty, said he’s only guilty of tampering with evidence in the death of 24-year-old Jacqueline Vandagriff.
McGinty charged that Vandagriff died during consensual sex on Sept. 13, 2016. Bryant, 31, panicked and then went to a Walmart to buy a shovel so he could bury her, according to WFAA-TV.
Prosecutors didn’t mention the sex but said Vandagriff was on a “good path until an evil destructive figure, Charles Bryant, stepped into her path.”
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Vandagriff, a Texas Woman's University student, met Bryant at a bar in Denton that night. Surveillance video showed the pair leaving two bars together.
Bryant was shown in another surveillance video buying the shovel and cough medicine at a Walmart the next morning, according to WFAA.
Authorities traced Vandagriff’s cell phone to Bryant’s home and found her purse in his trash, a police affidavit obtained by the Dallas Morning News says.
Vandagriff’s burned body was found in a park in Grapevine on Sept. 14.
Bryant — who was previously charged with child pornography — faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.