DENTON, Texas - Newly released surveillance video shows a Texas Woman’s University student at a bar before she willingly left with the man accused of murdering her.
The owner of The Shots and Crafts Bar released video of 24-year-old Jacqueline Vandagriff and Charles Bryant last Tuesday night.
Police believe Vandagriff met him at the bar that night. According to cellphone records, her cell pinged towers in Denton, Argyle and near Bryant’s home in Haslet.
Michael Wilson says his staff members gave statements to police, turned over receipts and provided video evidence.
"It's a safe place, and we really feel that way. We try to do a good job to ensure that. That's what was so shocking about it,” the restaurant owner said. “What striking about it is it seems innocent, like so many of the meetups and connections that are made at a college town bar it seems cordial."
Police believe Vandagriff just met Bryant shortly before the murder and so does one of Wilson's employees. She told him she had seen Bryant several times in the bar, but it was the first time she'd ever seen Vandagriff there.
The video shows Vandagriff, Bryant and the bar staff member walking out of the Fry Street Public House around 9:05 p.m.
Wilson says Bryant invited his employee to play pool with them. She declined but later told Wilson nothing seemed unusual about Bryant's behavior.
A short block away, surveillance video shows Bryant and Vandegriff at the Shots and Crafts Bar sharing a drink before leaving at 9:45 p.m., the last time Vandergriff was seen alive.
Police and the FBI searched Bryant’s home in Haslet on Sunday and found Vandagriff’s purse in his trash can.
Family and friends gathered in Frisco Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil. Friends spoke of her kindness, her desire to get an education and her zest for life.
“She left a beautiful legacy. She was amazing to everybody she met,” said one family friend. “And the world's just darker now that she's not in it."
The TWU Foundation has set up a fund in her name. Her parents have asked that donations also be made to Operation Kindness.
FOX 4 is on YouTube -- http://bit.ly/fox4subscribe