The death of a Navy chief petty officer whose body was discovered in her Florida home in September has been ruled a homicide, leading authorities Friday to arrest the man to whom she was engaged, reports said.
Nearly three months after Andrea Washington, 37, was discovered dead in her home on Jacksonville’s Northside, police charged 36-year-old Danny Ray Beard with her murder, First Coast News reported.
Beard was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and booked into a Duval County jail on Friday evening, according to his incarceration records. He’s being held without bond.
Authorities began probing the death of Chief Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) Andrea L. Washington, 37, shortly after midnight on Sept. 17 when her body was discovered in her Itani Way home. She was assigned to the guided-missile cruiser Hue City, which is homeported in Mayport.
A judge had granted the Navy chief a protective order about two weeks before her death due to “domestic violence at her home,” the station reported.
Washington said she was pushed, kicked in the stomach and “had a gun pulled on her by a man she was living with” while arguing over household bills, First Coast News reported, citing the protective order filed Sept. 4.
She also filed a separate police report against Beard on Sept. 2 for aggravated assault after encouragement from a friend, the media outlet reported.
Washington was slated to appear in court on the protective order against Beard just hours after she was found dead, First Coast News reported. Beard appeared in court to defend himself and the order was dismissed because Washington, who was dead, did not attend.
Phantom McClendon, a family friend of Washington, told First Coast News that the mother of three was newly “pinned” as a Navy CPO.
“The goal of making chief is a major accomplishment and for her to make it after all these years,” McClendon said, “and the simple fact (is) that she can’t even enjoy it.”