ROWLETT, Texas — A Rowlett man accused of gunning down and stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend has been jailed on federal charges for possessing an unlicensed firearm silencer — this after he posted a $1 million bond in the murder case and was released from the Dallas County Jail the week prior.
On October 2, 2020, 33-year-old Andrew Charles Beard is accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend, Alyssa Burkett, outside of her workplace. Burkett sustained several stab wounds, a gunshot wound to the head, and pronounced deceased at the scene.
Family and friends tell federal investigators Beard and Burkett were involved in an acrimonious dispute over the custody of their child and, two days prior to the shooting, a judge awarded Burkett custody of the child.
On October 21, 2020, Beard was released from the Dallas County Jail after posting a $1 million bond. He was ordered to house arrest and required to wear a GPS ankle monitor.
On Thursday, October 29, 2020, Beard was again arrested — this time on a federal charge for possessing an unlicensed firearm silencer.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Texas, after Burkett's murder, investigators located a black, battery-operated Spy Bot box and tracking device under Burkett's vehicle and a similar device on her boyfriend's vehicle. During a search of Beard's residence, investigators found a matching Spy Bot battery and third tracking device in the upstairs loft.
Also, during that search, the uncovered a .22-caliber revolver and a homemade silcer zipped into a baggie inside a toolbox in his garage.
"Detectives believed the silencer was homemade because the threaded portion that would attach to the barrel and the muzzle end of the silencer were off center," read a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office. "An ATF analysis revealed that the metal cylinder, which included an expansion chamber, met the federal definition of a firearm silencer."
A search of the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR) did not pull up any silencers registered to Mr. Beard, and the homemade silencer recovered from Mr. Beard’s home lacked the serial number required for registration.
Federal law prohibits possession of an unregistered silencer, defined as any device designed to silence, muffle, or diminish the report of a potable firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
“Given the brutality of his alleged crimes, it’s unthinkable that Mr. Beard bonded out of county jail,” said U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox. “I am proud that our federal law enforcement partners acted quickly so that we could file federal charges. It is our fervent hope that justice will be swift, and that Mr. Beard will be kept behind bars — state or federal — before he can inflict more harm.”
“ATF is steadfast in its pursuit of domestic abusers in possession of firearms illegally. Mr. Beard will now face the full force of the United States Justice Department and all of its law enforcement partners,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Division Jeffrey C. Boshek II.
If convicted on the federal charge, Beard faces up to 10 years in federal prison.