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Texas man found guilty in death, dismemberment of student

Posted: 1:58 PM, Apr 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-16 17:58:22Z

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A 31-year-old man has been convicted of murder in the death of a Texas college student who died when they were having sex and whose body was found dismembered and burned.

A jury in Fort Worth deliberated for less than three hours Monday before convicting Charles Dean Bryant in the death of 24-year-old Jacqueline Vandagriff, a Texas Woman's University student.

Bryant also was found guilty of tampering with evidence.

Defense attorney Glynis McGinty argued that Vandagriff died accidentally during consensual sex with Bryant. She says a plastic tie was placed around Vandagriff's neck, causing asphyxiation.

McGinty says Bryant committed a crime by panicking and disposing of the woman's body in September 2016, but he did not commit murder.

Vandagriff's remains were found near a lake.

The punishment phase is underway.