The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office confirmed Saturday that Danny Ray Beard, the ex-fiance of slain Navy chief Petty Officer Andrea Washington, has been charged in her murder.

Beard, 36, appeared in Duval County court Saturday morning after being arrested for Washington's murder on Friday.

The suspect made his first appearance in front of a judge and was up only a brief moment as he was denied bond. He did not enter a plea.

While being walked out of the courtroom, Beard looked back and winked toward the back of the room.

Beard was engaged to Andrea Washington, 37, who was found dead inside her Northside home on Sept. 17.

Washington had filed for a protection order against Beard on Sept. 6, telling the court in her petition that Beard threatened her with a gun. She also reported he pushed her to the ground and kicked her in the stomach.

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Prior to the protection order, Washington had already filed a separate police report against Beard on Sept. 2 for aggravated assault, at the encouragement of a friend.

The day Washington was found dead, Beard appeared in court to defend the domestic violence injunction against him. A court dismissed the temporary restraining order because Washington did not attend--nor could she since she was already deceased.

Timeline of the case

September 17Navy Chief Petty Officer found dead in her Jacksonville home filed for protective order 2 weeks ago

September 18 - Jacksonville sheriff releases heavily redacted incident report on Navy chief petty officer's death

September 20 - Jacksonville sheriff, State Attorney, mum on action taken after abuse claims of slain Navy officer

September 21 - POLICE: Ball was in State Attorney’s court in days before Navy Chief Petty Officer's murder

September 23 - Officer didn’t think arrest was needed in assault case preceding murder of Navy Chief Petty Officer

September 29 - Andrea Washington, Navy Chief Petty Officer murdered in Jacksonville, buried in Texas hometown

October 1 - Slain Navy Chief Petty Officer: Jacksonville police 'not doing anything' about harassing messages

December 7 - Ex-fiancé of slain Navy Chief Petty Officer arrested for murder

December 8 - Ex-fiance of slain Navy Chief Petty Officer winks after appearing before Duval Co. judge