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Rowlett man accused of killing the mother of his child released on house arrest

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Andrew Beard, 33, of Rowlett has been released from jail with electronic monitoring according to court documents.

Beard has been charged with the murder of the mother of his 1-year-old daughter, Alyssa Burkett, 24, of Royse City earlier this month.

Beard will be monitored by GPS, cannot consume alcohol or drugs, cannot possess a deadly weapon, and must remain in Dallas County at all times, according to the conditions of his release.

A judge previously denied a previous attempt to post bond.

According to the lawyer’s website, this is a service that they provide.

“Working with one firm is simpler than having to find a bail bondsman as well as a law firm. Why not make it simple? We can post your bond, represent you through your criminal case, and lump everything together into one simple payment plan,” the website states.

Beard turned himself into Carrollton Police on October 5 after learning there was a warrant for his arrest.

Police said Burkett was arriving at her workplace in the 1100 block of MacArthur Drive around 9:00am when she was shot and stabbed repeatedly on October 2.

Beard and Burkett had been involved in a contentious custody battle. Burkett had been awarded custody of the child just days before her murder. The child was unharmed and in the protective custody of Texas Child Protective Services, police said.

Burkett was found on the front steps of the office with what appeared to be a gunshot wound and multiple stab wounds. Burkett died at the scene.

One of Burkett’s coworkers told police she was inside when the incident occurred and saw through the window a male exit a black vehicle and approach Burkett’s vehicle that was parked in front of the office. The witness told police the male, who was dressed in all black, shot toward Burkett’s driver side of the vehicle. Other witnesses’ accounts of the man’s vehicle and attire matched the description from the first witness. Two of the witnesses said they believed the suspect was a black male based on being able to see the side of his face.

Police discovered partially burned makeup wipes with brown residue and a small burned metal cylinder, which “is consistent with the metal piece of a makeup brush which holds the bristles in place” inside Beard’s vehicle, according to an affidavit.

On September 4, Burkett created a GoFundMe page asking for help paying for attorney fees as a result of the ongoing custody battle. She stated on the page, “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.” 

Burkett’s family has created a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses.

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