Grapevine murder suspect's criminal history dates back to age 16

Grapevine murder suspect's trouble past

FORT WORTH -- Family and friends are trying to cope with the loss of 24-year-old Jackie Vandagriff. We saw that Wednesday night at a vigil for the TWU student.

"What a wonderful person she was. She had her whole life ahead of her," said vigil attendee Grace Bryant.

But Thursday, we are learning much more about the man accused of cutting that life short.

Charles Dean Bryant, 30, is now charged with capital murder. Grapevine police say he dismembered and burned Vandagriff's body after meeting her at a Denton bar. Her body was found at 6:30 a.m. the next day near Lake Grapevine.

Court documents out of Washington state reveal Bryant's criminal history began long before these gruesome allegations. We counted at least five brushes with the law in Washington.

The earliest dated back to when Bryant was 16 years old. He was found guilty of marijuana possession as a juvenile.

At 17, in adult court, an assault charge led to a guilty verdict.

And in 2009, he was accused of stealing from a Vancouver, Wash., Macy's, according to a police report. Because he failed to show up to his arraignment in that case, there is now an active warrant for his arrest.

There was also a dismissed charge for theft when he was 17, and a dismissed charge of reckless endangerment in 2008.

"I don't see anything in his criminal record that would indicate any kind of a pattern," said law enforcement expert GM Cox, who works for Tarleton State University.

Cox says in spite of Bryant's past, nothing stands out to him as a sign he'd potentially commit more serious crimes.

"A lot of murders are passion murders," Cox said. "There was no indicator prior. Something ticked, the switch flipped, and they killed someone."

We do know that in recent years and week, Bryant had been in trouble again, this times in Texas. His record includes arrests in Grapevine for forgery and marijuana. Most recently, he was arrested this month in Denton County for stalking an ex-girlfriend.

It's unclear still why his outstanding warrant might not have been addressed then.

As of Thursday, Bryant has been transferred to the Tarrant County Jail from Grapevine. He's still held on a $1 million bond.

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