Kiddie pool used in Grapevine murder; victim's purse found at suspect's home

GRAPEVINE -- New details are emerging in the capital murder case of a Fort Worth man accused of killing a Texas Woman's University student.

An arrest warrant for Charles Dean Bryant, 30, states that Jacqueline Vandagriff, 24, was found dismembered and set on fire inside a blue kiddie pool in Acorn Woods Park near Grapevine Lake the morning of Sept. 14.

According to her Facebook page, Vandagriff was walking to a bar near her home in Denton the night before. Surveillance cameras show her meeting Bryant and leaving Fry Street Public House with him. The pair goes to Shots and Crafts next, before leaving together at 9:46 p.m.

Police tracked Vandagriff's cell phone and found that it traveled down to 2084 Blue Mound Road in Haslet before the signal was lost at about 1:32 a.m., the warrant states.

Grapevine police learned that Bryant had a protective order out against him by his ex-girlfriend for complaints of harassment and stalking. The suspect's ex-girlfriend told officers that Bryant owned a blue plastic kiddie pool.

Bryant was arrested on Sunday at about 2:30 p.m. on a warrant for violating the protective order out of Denton. While being interviewed, he initially denied leaving the bar with Vandagriff, according to the warrant.

The FBI and police searched Bryant's home at 14017 Sand Hills Drive, near where Vandagriff's cell phone was last pinged. They found a blue kiddie pool similar to the one used in the park, and Vandagriff's purse was found in the trash.

Bryant's roommate told police that he had recently seen two blue kiddie pools in the backyard. It was also discovered that Bryant had purchased a shovel on Sept. 14 just before 5 a.m. at the Walmart in Haslet.

The warrant says evidence was also found in the backyard that someone tried to dig a hole in the ground. 

Bryant is currently in custody and charged with capital murder. His bond has been set at $1 million.

It was recently discovered through social media that someone posted to Vandagriff's Twitter account after her murder, and Bryant posted strange messages to his Facebook account after her body was found. His Facebook account also indicated that he frequented Acorn Woods Park, where Vandagriff's body was found.

Arrest warrants were also released Tuesday in regards to the stalking and harassment charges filed by Bryant's ex-girlfriend.

They reveal that the ex called UNT police on Aug. 24, Aug. 31, and Sept. 6 after Bryant showed up to her dorm room and place of work. She told police she was "in fear of" Bryant. He was arrested for criminal trespassing on Sept. 6.

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