Warrant: Suspect asked ex to drop stalking charges days after Grapevine murder

Student's final hours captured on camera

The man accused of killing and dismembering a TWU student last week had been arrested for stalking an ex-girlfriend after a bad breakup, documents say.

According to an arrest warrant, Charles Bryant asked the woman -- a UNT student -- to “drop the charges” in a series of emails sent three days after the alleged murder of Jackie Vandagriff.

Bryant had been banned from UNT’s campus after showing up at his ex-girlfriend’s dorm room on Aug. 24, one day after she ended their relationship.

On Aug. 31, he showed up at the restaurant where the woman worked, and was warned to end all communication with her. A week later, he once again came to her dorm room.

Around 3 a.m. on Sept. 6, “[his ex-girlfriend] called the police department and advised that Bryant was currently outside her dorm room door at Kerr Hall,” a warrant reads. “[She] had locked herself in her dorm room and was in fear for her safety.”

Bryant told officers he was bringing the woman flowers. He was arrested the following day for stalking, and a protective order was filed.

On Sept. 17, though, three days after Jackie Vandagriff’s body was found burning in a kiddie pool in a Grapevine park, Bryant sent his ex-girlfriend five emails asking her to “drop the charges” and reconcile, the warrant reads.

"Affiant believes that Bryant sent repeated electronic communications to [his ex-girlfriend] in a manner reasonably likely to harass, annoy and alarm her, as he had been instructed multiple times by [her], law enforcement officers, and by the issuance of a protective order, to cease all communication," the harassment warrant reads.

Bryant was seen on video at two Denton bars with Vandagriff hours before she was killed.

He was arrested Sept. 18 for her murder. Posts made from Vandagriff's social media accounts after she was murdered will likely be examined as part of the investigation.

Bryant was being held at the Grapevine jail on $1 million bond. He was set to be transferred to the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth.

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