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Daughter of murdered Debbie Collier has history of arrests, including fights with boyfriends

The daughter of murdered Georgia mother Debbie Collier has a criminal record that includes arrest for battery, jailed for faking a drug test and fighting with her boyfriends, according to court documents.

Amanda Bearden, 36, had a number of meetings with law enforcement in Athens, Georgia, most recently for a domestic incident that occurred in May 2021.

Bearden alleged that her boyfriend, Andrew Tyler Giegerich, broke into her home, yelled at her and assaulted her, with bruises on her shoulders and arms, according to a police report obtained by The Post.

However, Athens-Clark County Police officers determined that the couple was living together and arrested Bearden for making a false report of a robbery. Giegerich was also arrested and given several charges, including battery.

Documents related to his case stated, “Giegerich and Bearden have an abusive family relationship.”

Giegerich was sentenced to prison, ordered not to contact Bearden and to take a domestic violence course. Bearden’s case appears to be ongoing, according to online court records.

A teddy bear and flowers were laid in tribute to Debbie Collier near her murder scene in Clarksville, Georgia.


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Debbie Collier's home in Athens, Georgia.

Debbie Collier’s home in Athens, Georgia.


Debbie Collier's daughter, Amanda Beardon, has a long history of domestic violence disputes.

Debbie Collier’s daughter, Amanda Bearden, has a long history of domestic violence disputes.


However, the couple now seems to be back together and living in the same house.
Speaking to a reporter from The Post on Thursday, Giegerich said police had “seized” his and Bearden’s phones, complaining: “The [police have] questioned us all. The people closest to you [Collier] are currently considered suspects.”

There is no suggestion that Bearden or Giegerich had any involvement in Collier’s tragic disappearance, and police have not yet named any suspects or motive in the case.

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It was Bearden who sounded the alarm on Sept. 10, after her 59-year-old mother mysteriously disappeared, texting her cryptically, “They won’t let me go, love you.”

Amanda Bearden previously spent 30 days in jail after breaking her probation in 2013.
Amanda Bearden previously spent 30 days in jail after breaking her probation in 2013.
Facebook/Amanda Bearden
Daughter Amanda Bearden,
Debbie Collier apparently transferred $2,385 to her daughter Amanda Bearden (above) before she disappeared.
Facebook/Amanda Bearden
Debbie Collier was found dead on September 11 after she disappeared from her home in Athens, Georgia.
Debbie Collier was found dead on September 11 after she disappeared from her home in Athens, Georgia.
Facebook/Tammy Doty

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 grief over the loss of her mother, telling CBS 46, “Someone took my whole world from me,” and “She was a beautiful, kind, giving woman — and she didn’t deserve any of this.. I want justice for my mother.”

Bearden – who said she last saw her mother the day before she disappeared – also has a string of previous arrests.

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Andrew Tyler Giegerich
Amanda Bearden’s friend Andrew Tyler Giegerich was sentenced to prison for the May 2021 incident.
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Amanda Beardon claims her boyfriend physically harmed her in an incident in 2021.
Amanda Bearden claims her boyfriend physically harmed her in an incident in 2021.
Athens-Clarke County Police Department
Amanda Bearden accused authorities of suspecting she was involved in the murder of Debbie Collier.
Amanda Bearden accused authorities of suspecting she was involved in the murder of Debbie Collier.
Facebook/Amanda Bearden

In 2008 and 2012, she was arrested for arguing with her boyfriends. The 2008 charges were dropped after she completed a pre-trial intervention program, in the latter case, she was charged with felony, simple battery, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

Her boyfriend told police he had to “hold on” [her] back” when she broke his video game.
Officers saw 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 12 months’ probation, a warrant to take anger management courses, and not to have any contact with her boyfriend.

According to the police, Amanda Bearden made a false report of robbery in 2021.
According to the police, Amanda Bearden made a false report of robbery in 2021.
Athens-Clarke County Police Department

In 2013, Bearden, then 27, broke her probation after she “attempted to provide a fraudulent sample” to a drug testing lab and was sentenced to 30 days in the local jail. It is not clear how much time she spent in jail.

The house Bearden has lived in is owned by her stepfather and she has lived in it occasionally for a number of years. She is also believed to have a good relationship with her mother and stepfather, who supported her through her legal troubles.

Debbie and Steve Collier’s home is on a quiet street. A neighbor said they heard a “commotion” the night before her death, although it’s unclear who was involved.

Investigators declared Debbie Collier's death a homicide.
Investigators declared Debbie Collier’s death a homicide.
Facebook/Tammy Doty
Debbie Collier's body was discovered 60 miles from her home.
Debbie Collier’s body was discovered 60 miles from her home.
Facebook/Debbie Collier

Steve was the last person to see his wife alive, telling investigators that he last saw Debbie at 9 p.m. Saturday and that 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 it’s taking so long. They’re slow here.”

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