REPORT: Man found guilty in 2016 dismemberment murder of student


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After 2.5 hours of deliberations Monday morning, a Tarrant County jury convicted Charles Bryant in the murder of 24-year-old Jacqueline Vandagriff in September 2016. Bryant, 30, killed Vandagriff before dismembering her and burning her remains in a kiddie pool he left at Acorn Woods Park near Lake Grapevine.

Bryant and Vandagriff met in a Denton bar on Sept. 13, 2016. After leaving the Public House, they headed to Shots and Crafts, another bar on Fry Street in Denton. At Shots and Crafts, surveillance cameras recorded Bryant and Vandagriff in conversation.

After finishing some drinks, the pair left the bar. No one but Bryant would see Vandagriff alive again.


According to the report. both the defense and the prosecution agreed that Bryant went to Walmart and bought a shovel on Sept. 14 in order to bury Vandagriff’s body. Both sides admitted that Bryant dismembered Vandagriff’s body.

Bryant’s defense team claimed that Vandagriff’s death was accidental.

It is important to note that the article goes on to state the following:

Vandagriff died, defense attorney Glynis McGinty told jurors during closing arguments Monday, of asphyxiation after Bryant placed a zip-tie around her neck during sex. It was an accident, McGinty said, and it caused Bryant to panic.

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