Jacqueline Vandagriff can be seen in the security footage sharing a drink with her alleged killer, Charles Dean Bryant

By Chris Harris
September 22, 2016 12:45 PM
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The night before her dismembered body was found burning in a Texas park, a 24-year-old college student is seen on surveillance video drinking and leaving a bar with the 30-year-old man charged with her murder.

Jacqueline Vandagriff can be seen in the security footage sharing a drink with her alleged killer, Charles Dean Bryant. Police say the two spent time together at a bar in Denton, Texas, the evening of September 13, and eventually left together.

Vandagriff and Bryant are seen sitting together at the bar before standing to leave. Both are shown finishing their drinks; at one point, Vandagriff hands her beverage to Bryant, who takes a sip.

Police have not said whether the two knew each other before meeting up that evening.

Bryant has been charged with capital murder for allegedly killing Vandagriff days after he was released from custody in a separate alleged stalking case.

The night before her remains were discovered, Vandagriff tweeted, “I’m glad I decided to get off tinder and waked into a bar.”

Vandagriff had been a student at Texas Woman’s University since January, where she was studying nutrition. Her corpse was on fire when it was recovered from a kiddie pool in Grapevine’s Acorn Woods Park on September 14.

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Investigators are looking into how a tweet appeared on Vandagriff’s page on September 15, the day after her remains were found. The tweet read: “Never knew I could feel like this.”

Vandagriff’s phone has not been recovered, according to police.

It was not immediately clear if Bryant has an attorney, and he has yet to enter a plea in Vandagriff’s death. He is being held on $1 million bond.

According to police, Bryant had been arrested for alleged stalking and released on his own recognizance days before Vandagriff’s killing.

Police at the University of North Texas received a complaint about Bryant on Aug. 24 from a female student who said he’d allegedly been harassing her. A judge ordered Bryant to stay away from the campus on Sept. 6, but he allegedly violated that order and was charged with stalking, authorities said.

It is unclear from court records whether he’s pleaded to that charge or retained an attorney.

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