• Warrant released for suspect arrested in slain Naval Chief Petty Officer slaying

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    The official arrest warrant for Danny Ray Beard as been released.

    Beard is accused of murdering Naval Chief Petty Officer Andrea Washington on Sept. 16, according to police. 

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    The arrest warrant says Washington and Beard were in a relationship and were living together for around a year. The warrant says Beard moved out of the residence two weeks before Washington was killed. 

    The warrant says Beard is suspected to having gone to Washington's house, where the two got into an altercation. The warrant goes on to say Beard then allegedly shot and killed Washington. 

    The warrant says Beard left the residence and went to a witness's house. He and the witness then went to Washington's house where she was found dead, according to the warrant. 

    The warrant says Washington and Beard had a history of documented violence, including an active temporary injunction for protection. The warrant says the two were supposed to meet in court about the temporary injunction for protection the day after Washington was killed. 

    The warrant says Beard and the witness were interviewed after Washington's death. The warrant says Beard told investigators that he had not been to the residence since he was served with the injunction for protection and that he was home the night of the killing. Beard told investigators he received a text message from Washington claiming she was being followed and needed help. The warrant says Beard also denied owning a firearm. 

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    The witness told investigators he and Beard drove to Washington's house after Beard expressed concern for Washington's safety, according to the warrant. The witness also confirmed Beard did own a gun, the warrant says. 

    The warrant says Washington's ADT surveillance equipment had been removed and the victim's cellphone was missing. The warrant also says a black New York Yankees baseball cap was found on the living room sofa matching one Beard is photographed in. 

    ADT surveillance video from minutes before Washington's killing shows there was no cap on the couch at that time, according to the warrant. 

    The warrant says a search of Beard's residence revealed a cellphone with access to Washington's ADT video surveillance system. Beard had over 900 photographs containing images from Washington's surveillance system on the day she was killed, according to the warrant. 

    The warrant says investigators also found a box of .25-caliber rounds matching the rounds found at the homicide scene. 

    The warrant says ADT data shows Washington's front door opened and closed around the time Washington would have returned home from work. The next time the door opens and closes is at the same time Beard's cellphone connects to the home's Wi-Fi and the last time the door opens and closes, before her body is discovered, is at the same time Beard's cellphone lost connection with the home's Wi-Fi, according to the warrant.

    The warrant states, "Cellular telephone data, internet data, and ADT security data indicate that Beard was at Victim Washington's residence during the time frame of the homicide. This evidence refutes Suspect Beard's statement in reference to being home the night Victim Washington was killed. Additionally, firearm-related evidence at the scene was similar to firearm-related evidence recovered from Beard's residence." 


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