Athens, Ga. — The boyfriend of murdered Georgia mother Debbie Collier’s daughter allegedly threatened violence against her entire family last year in a chilling memo — and was arrested last month for violating parole .
“If you or your family come near me again, I will hurt them,” former amateur MMA fighter Andrew Giegerich reportedly wrote to Debbie’s daughter, Amanda Bearden, in a chilling note obtained by The Post.
The handwritten message scribbled in green marker was included in photos of police evidence following a domestic dispute in May 2021 between Bearden and Giegerich, who lived in a house owned by her stepfather, Debbie’s husband , Steve.
“Have a good life, you lying asshole. Never contact me again!!!” Giegerich apparently wrote in the note before making the threats.
According to police documents, Bearden claimed her boyfriend broke into her home, yelled at her and attacked her, showing police bruises on his shoulders and arms.
A police report states: “In his living room, Bearden showed me a handwritten note left in a notebook.
“She advised Giegerich to write this before leaving.”
Giegerich — who had an amateur MMA record of four wins and three losses but hasn’t fought since 2018, according to tapology.com — was arrested and hit with various charges including battery following the incident.
Athens-Clark County Police described the two as having “an abusive domestic relationship.”
“Andrew Giegerich intentionally caused visible bodily harm to Amanda Bearden, namely: she had visible bruising to her right arm and shoulder,” his May 2021 arrest warrant stated.
He was also ordered to stay away from Beardon, who was also arrested and charged at the same time with making a false police report for saying Giegerich broke into their home when they actually lived together. His case regarding the incident is still believed to be ongoing.
The same police report also quoted a man who identified himself as Beardon’s stepfather as telling officers: “The violence between Bearden and the boyfriend was fairly constant throughout their relationship, spanning a few years.”
Despite the order to stay away, Bearden and Giegerich still appear to be living together in the same house, claiming they returned from Maryland just two days before Debbie disappeared.
Giegerich told The Post on Thursday that he and Bearden had their phones confiscated by police after Debbie’s death.
“They interrogated all of us. The people closest to [Debbie] are sort of considered suspects right now,” he said.
However, standard police procedure is to interview relatives and last seen of a living person following a murder, as part of the process to weed them out of the investigation.
Neither Bearden nor Giegerich have been named suspects or persons of interest by the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which are jointly investigating Debbie’s death.
Giegerich did not immediately respond to a request for comment on his threatening memo on Friday.
It was Bearden who first raised the alarm and reported his mother missing after receiving a haunting Venmo payment from her on September 10.
Debbie wired her daughter $2,385 with a note that said, “They won’t let me go. I love you.”
She was found dead in a ravine about 60 miles north of her home in Athens, Georgia on September 11, naked and partially burned according to police documents.
Beardon and Giegerich said they last saw Debbie the night before when she bought them lunch.
Police records show that Beardon and Giegerich have had a long and volatile relationship.
After the May 2021 incident, an expedited arraignment was filed against him in June 2021, noting that this was his “second or subsequent arrest for a domestic violence offence” and barring him from to contact Bearden.
However, he was charged with violating that order in September 2021 after going to Amanda’s residence and allegedly “banging on doors and windows demanding entry”, according to court documents.
That same month, he was arrested for misdemeanor DUI, having marijuana, not wearing a seatbelt, not needing beacon lights, and reckless driving.
He pleaded guilty to not having the required beacons and reckless driving, and the rest of the charges were dismissed.
Giegerich pleaded guilty in January to counts of domestic violence against him and was sentenced to 12 months probation.
He was later rearrested for violating his parole on August 26 and ordered to serve six days in prison and to prove that he had entered a drug treatment program within 20 days.
It was not immediately clear whether he had completed his prison sentence or had undergone treatment.
Bearden also has a string of prior arrests, including incidents where she had arguments with other boyfriends.
In 2012, a fight with her boyfriend resulted in an arrest for assault, but she later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of disorderly conduct in November 2012, which earned her 12 months probation, a restraining order. taking anger management classes and having no contact with this boyfriend.
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 known how long she spent in confinement.
Police say they have classified Debbie’s death as a homicide and have ruled out both kidnapping and suicide.