The daughter of murdered Georgia mother Debbie Collier has a criminal record that includes an arrest for assault, a prison sentence for faking a drug test and a falling out with her friends, according to court documents.
Amanda Bearden, 36, has had a series of encounters with law enforcement in Athens, Georgia, most recently over a domestic incident that occurred in May 2021.
Bearden claimed her boyfriend, Andrew Tyler Giegerich, broke into her home, yelled at her and assaulted her, showing bruises to police on her shoulders and arms, according to a police report obtained by The Post.
However, Athens-Clark County Police officers discovered that the couple lived together and arrested Bearden for misreporting a robbery. Giegerich was also arrested and hit with various charges including battery.
Documents on his case state: “Giegerich and Bearden have a violent family relationship.”
Giegerich was sentenced to prison on condition that he stay away from Bearden and take courses on domestic violence. According to online court filings, Bearden’s case appears to be ongoing.
However, the couple now appear to be back together and living in the same house.
Giegerich spoke to a reporter from The Post on Thursday and said police had “confiscated” his and Bearden’s phones, bleating, “The [police have] interrogated us all. The people who are closest [Collier] are somehow considered suspects at this time.”
There is no indication that Bearden or Giegerich was involved in Collier’s tragic disappearance, and police have not yet named any suspects or motives in the case.
It was Bearden who sounded the alarm on September 10 after her 59-year-old mother mysteriously disappeared and texted her cryptically: “They won’t let me go love you.”
Collier’s body was found the next day, 60 miles from her home, naked and partially burned in what appeared to be a hasty attempt to cover up evidence.
In an emotional interview, Bearden expressed her sadness at the loss of her mother, telling CBS 46, “Somebody took my whole world from me” and “She was a beautiful, kind, giving woman — and she didn’t deserve any of that … I want to.” Justice for my mother.”
Bearden – who said she last saw her mother the day before she disappeared – also has a number of previous arrests.
In 2008 and 2012 she was arrested for arguing with her friends. The 2008 charges were dropped after she completed a pre-trial intervention program. In the latter case, she was charged with assault, simple assault, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing.
Her boyfriend told police he “needs to hold on [her] back” when she broke his video game.
Officers noticed marks on the man’s chest and back and handprints on both arms.
Bearden admitted the altercation was entirely her fault. She pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct charge and the other charges were dismissed in November 2012, earning her a 12-month probation, orders to attend anger management classes and no contact with her boyfriend.
In 2013, Bearden, then 27, broke her probation after “attempting to provide a fraudulent sample to a drug testing lab” and was sentenced to 30 days in prison. It is unclear how much time she spent in detention.
The house that Bearden lives in is owned by her stepfather and she has lived in it on and off for a number of years. She is also believed to have a good relationship with her mother and stepfather who have supported her through her legal troubles.
Debbie and Steve Collier’s home is on a quiet street. A neighbor said they heard “commotion” the night before her death, although it is unclear who was involved.
Steve was the last person to see his wife alive and told investigators he last saw Debbie at 9pm on Saturday and her car was still in the driveway when he left for work the next morning. He noted that they slept in separate rooms because of his snoring.
Another neighbor was stunned by the police response to the murder, which is being carried out in part by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, saying: “I don’t understand why this is taking so long. They’re slow out here.”
https://nypost.com/2022/09/23/daughter-of-murdered-debbie-collier-has-history-of-arrests-including-fights-with-boyfriends/ Murdered Debbie Collier’s daughter has a history of arrests, including fights with friends