A Mississippi man admitted Friday to murdering a young woman whom he had dated after she told him she may be pregnant and ignored his insistence that she get an abortion.
The Oxford Eagle reports Brandon A. Theesfeld, of Fort Worth, Texas, pleaded guilty in court to first-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Alexandria ‘Ally’ Kostial.
Kostial’s body was found July 20, 2019, near Sardis Lake, Mississippi; she had been shot multiple times with a gun, according to police.
Some believe Theesfeld’s motive may have been linked to Kostial believing that she was pregnant and refusing to have an abortion. Reports about the crime mention a possible pregnancy multiple times and some of Kostial’s friends said she was pregnant, but LifeNews could not find details from an autopsy or news reports that confirmed the pregnancy.
Theesfeld and Kostial met when they were students at the University of Mississippi, and they had an on-again, off-again relationship, assistant district attorney Mickey Mallette told the court.
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In April 2019, Kostial told Theesfeld that she thought she might be pregnant and asked to meet him, according to court testimony. Mallette said investigators found that Theesfeld did several searches online for abortion pills and abortion facilities around that time.
For three months, Mallette said Theesfeld avoided meeting Kostial.
Here’s more from the report:
On July 12, Theesfeld informed Kostial through text messages that he did not want to talk and that she should just get an appointment and that talking wasn’t necessary.
On the same day, Theesfeld left [Mississippi] for Dallas-Fort Worth area where his father, Daniel Robert Theesfeld, lived.
Two days later, Theesfeld posted a photo on social media of a Glock model 22 .40 caliber pistol with the caption, “Finally taking my baby back to Oxford.” According to the evidence presented, the pistol was purchased by Theesfeld’s father.
When he arrived back in Oxford, Mississippi, he sent multiple messages to Kostial asking to meet her, according to the report.
In the early morning hours of July 20, authorities said Theesfeld took Kostial from her home to Sardis Lake where he shot and killed her. Authorities presented cell phone GPS data from both their phones showing them traveling from Kostial’s residence to the lake and then back to the city.
Police said a local resident near the lake reported hearing gunshots around 2:30 a.m., and cell phone data shows Theesfeld’s phone traveling back to Oxford about 20 minutes later.
Kostial’s body was found around 10:30 a.m. that same day, according to police.
A few days later, police arrested Theesfeld at a gas station in South Memphis; he later was charged with capital murder.
On Friday, a statement from Kostial’s mother was read in court, the local news reported.
“I wish I could have kept her away from this evil, callous, scheming, ungrateful, sinister and violent and corrupt monster,” her statement read. “He had every opportunity to do good in the world, but he chose to do evil. Brandon, you belong in jail each day for the rest of your life for the heinous act you committed to such a sweet soul in Ally.”
Theesfeld also read a statement apologizing for murdering Ally, according to the report.
Abortion and abuse frequently are linked, and for many women, abortion is not a choice at all. Some are pressured or forced by abusers to abort their unborn babies, while others are abused or killed for trying to protect their unborn children from violence.
As LifeNews previously reported, one study found that 64 percent of post-abortive women said they felt pressure to have the abortion.
Several studies also have linked domestic violence to abortion. In these cases, some women were forced or pressured by partners into having abortions, while others believed having an abortion would help them escape abuse. A 2011 study in the journal “Obstetrician and Gynaecologist” found that almost 40 percent of the women seeking abortions had a history of physical abuse and relationship issues.
LifeNews has been keeping track of reports involving allegations of forced and coerced abortions, as well as abuse connected with women who refuse to abort their unborn babies.
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