Rowlett Man Faces Murder Charge in Death of His Daughter's Mother

Andrew Charles Beard, 33.
Carrollton Police Department

A Rowlett man faces a murder charge after police say he shot and stabbed the mother of his daughter Friday in Carrollton.

Officers arrested Andrew Charles Beard, 33, Monday after they obtained an arrest warrant, Carrollton police said.

Police said Beard shot and repeatedly stabbed the mother of his 1-year-old daughter, identified as 24-year-old Alyssa Burkett, when she arrived at work at the Greentree Apartments in the 1100 bock of MacArthur Drive in Carrollton just after 9 a.m. Friday.

According to police, Burkett was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Beard's arrest affidavit, detectives discovered a diaper bag inside Beard's vehicle containing a serrated kitchen knife, foundation makeup, a partially burned makeup brush and makeup wipes, and work boots that had been cut apart and doused with bleach.

Arrest documents state that detectives later discovered a Ford Expedition abandoned near an alley entrance in Rowlett and learned that the vehicle had been sold to a man matching Beard's description on Sept. 26.

According to the arrest affidavit, surveillance video showed the Ford Expedition driving toward the alley in Rowlett approximately 30 minutes after the murder occurred.

Beard and Burkett were recently involved in a custody battle, police said.

The 1-year-old was not harmed and was in the custody of Texas Child Protective Services, police said.

Beard was held Monday at the Carrollton City Jail, but was later moved to Dallas County Jail.

According to the Carrollton Police Department, Beard's bond is set at $1,000,000, which is rare in Dallas County.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 8, at The Bridge at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park.

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