Murder suspect allegedly wore blackface, fake beard to kill woman: copsOctober 8, 2020
A white Texas man allegedly disguised himself in blackface and donned a fake beard to kill the mother of his daughter, authorities said.
Andrew Charles Beard, 33, of Rowlett turned himself in this week in the murder of his 1-year-old daughter’s mother, Alyssa Burket, the Dallas Morning News reported.
He is accused of shooting and repeatedly stabbing the 24-year-old to death as she arrived at her job in Carrollton on Oct. 2.
Officers arrived to find Burkett suffering from a gunshot wound to her head in addition to multiple stabbing injuries, and being treated by co-workers.
Two bystanders told authorities that the assailant was a black man, and police later discovered dark face makeup and a fake beard in cars linked to Beard, the outlet reported.
In one of his vehicles, police uncovered a trash bag that had a kitchen knife, a screwdriver and two bottles of dark brown liquid foundation, the outlet reported.
They also found a bag filled with makeup removal wipes that had a brown substance on them, as well as what appeared to be the remnants of a makeup brush, police said.
In another bag in the vehicle, there was a pair of work boots that were cut into pieces and had been soaked in what smelled like bleach, police said.
Officers also discovered an abandoned SUV in an alley less than a mile from Beard’s home, authorities said.
They contacted the owner, who said she sold the vehicle to a man on Craigslist a week ago, the outlet reported. She allegedly described the man to authorities as someone matching Beard’s description.
Cops searched the vehicle and discovered a fake beard with what appeared to be dark brown makeup stains inside, the newspaper reported.
Investigators learned that Beard had been locked in a contentious custody battle with Burket, who had expressed mortal fear on a GoFundMe page set up to cover her legal fees.
“At this point, I am scared for my life and my daughters [sic] life,” the post said. “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.”
Police issued an arrest warrant for Beard, who turned himself in Monday on a charge of murder, the outlet reported.
He remained in custody Thursday in Dallas County Jail, where his bail was set at $1 million, according to court records.
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