(Newser) – A bottle of cognac was waiting for Andrea Washington, along with a friend ready to celebrate Washington’s recent pinning as a chief petty officer in the US Navy. That celebration never came: Washington’s body was discovered Monday in her Jacksonville, Florida, residence, and while the investigation into her death continues, details are trickling out that suggest a turbulent home life, per WJAX and WTLV. Cops suspect foul play in the death of the mom of three, who’d been with the Navy for nearly two decades. One clue pointing to possible turmoil: a protective order granted to Washington by a Duval County judge just a couple of weeks ago due to domestic violence in the home.
In the order issued Sept. 4, a man who lives with Washington—News4Jax identifies him as her boyfriend—was accused by Washington of an incident in which the man chased her, shoved her to the ground, kicked her in the stomach, and threatened her with a gun. Washington had said he turned violent when she asked him to contribute his share of the household bills. Also noted in court documents were allegations that the man had wrecked her iPad, caused damage in her bedroom, and swiped the keys to her car and mailbox. Washington had been set to appear in court regarding the order of protection on the day she was found dead. “If you’re dealing with something, somebody should know,” the longtime friend who’d bought the Hennessy for her tells WTLV. “I hope justice prevails.”
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