CARROLLTON, Texas — A White Texas man who killed the mother of his child is being accused of wearing makeup and a fake beard to disguise himself as a Black man before the murder.
Andrew Charles Beard, 33, has been charged for the murder of Alyssa Ann Burkett, 24, and is currently being held on $1 million bond in the Dallas County Jail.
The attack happened on Oct. 2 around 9 a.m. as Burkett was arriving at her job as an apartment manager at Greentree Apartments in Carrollton, Texas. Authorities were called to the apartment complex around 9:15 a.m. and discovered Burkett on the front steps of the building being treated by her coworkers. Burkett had been stabbed multiple times in her torso and arms and had one gunshot wound to her head. Burkett’s co-workers were rendering first aid, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
One of Burkett’s co-workers told officials she saw a man get out of a black vehicle, approach Burkett’s vehicle, and fire a shot at Burkett from the driver’s side of her car.
According to Burkett’s family, the killer then chased her down “to make sure the deed was done.”
Two of the witnesses who say they saw the side of the man’s face described him as a Black man because of his apparent skin tone.
While investigating the murder, detectives spoke to Burkett’s boyfriend, her mother, and a colleague and they learned that Burkett and Beard had been going through a custody battle for their daughter. Burkett’s family and friends told police that she was fearful of Beard and believed he was going to kill her.
On a GoFundMe page set up to help pay her legal costs, Burkett had described several confrontations with Beard, the Leader reported.
“It has been made clear this man will do whatever it takes to cut me out of the picture, and I’m worried that what is coming next will be worse,” one of Burkett’s posts read.
Burkett was awarded custody of her daughter on Sept. 30, just two days before she was killed.
“During the investigation, detectives learned that the suspect and victim had recently been involved in a contentious custody battle,” a police statement said. “The child is unharmed and in the protective custody of Texas Child Protective Services.”
Burkett’s boyfriend told investigators she believed Beard had been tracking her because he “seemed to always know where she was,” the affidavit states.
Detectives found a tracking device underneath Burkett’s car and a similar device attached to Burkett’s boyfriend’s car.
After obtaining a search warrant for Beard’s home, detectives found tracking devices. They also seized and searched his white Ford F-150 and discovered two bottles of dark brown liquid foundation makeup and partially burned makeup wipes with brown residue, suggesting Beard may have used the foundation to darken his complexion as part of a disguise. In another bag inside the truck, they found black boots that smelled of bleach, a serrated kitchen knife, and a flathead screwdriver, the affidavit said.
The day after Burkett’s killing, officers found an abandoned black 2004 Ford Expedition matching the description of the vehicle driven by her attacker. The SUV was found in the 5500 block of Onset Bay Drive, about a 5 minute walk from Beard’s home.
When detectives spoke to the Expedition’s registered owner, she told them she had sold the SUV on Craigslist on Sept. 26. She described the man she’d sold it to as about 6 feet tall and about 190 pounds. She said the man was wearing a face covering and a baseball cap.
Security camera footage from a home in the neighborhood showed the SUV being driven toward its recovery spot around 9:47 a.m. Oct. 2.
Inside the abandoned vehicle, dark hair with apparent blood on it, as well as a dark-colored fake beard that contained traces of brown makeup, the affidavit states.
Burkett’s sister, Madison Grimes tweeted that her sister’s killer had tried to disguise himself as a Black man, saying, “The man that murdered my sister posed as a BLACK man. How disgusting is that. This story deserves to be heard! I cannot even process this.”
Beard was taken into custody and charged with the murder.
A spokesman for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office said that Beard remains in custody as of Monday morning and has not yet posted his $1 million bond.
The couple’s child is currently in protective custody with the Texas Child Protective Services, according to The Carrollton Leader.