Ex-Fiancé of Navy Chief Petty Officer Andrea L. Washington Arrested in Florida on Murder Charge

The ex-fiancé of a Navy chief found dead in her Jacksonville home only days after she was advanced is behind bars, charged with murdering her.

Danny Ray Beard, 36, 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.

Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents joined in the case but the primary suspect always was Beard, a civilian.

Washington had filed a police report on Sept. 2 and a petition for a domestic violence protection order on Sept. 4 against him.

She alleged that he savagely beat her on Sept. 1 and “pulled a gun on me,” according to Duval County Court records obtained by Navy Times.

A circuit court judge granted a temporary protective order on Sept. 5 and a hearing to continue the temporary restraining order against Washington was scheduled for 12 days later but Washington never showed up.

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SOURCE: Navy Times, Carl Prine and Geoff Ziezulewicz