Arraignment scheduled for Thursday in triple murder case

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — It’s a slow start for the case of Matthew Bernard, who is charged with killing his sister, nephew, and mother.

The arraignment, a reading of the charges in court, is scheduled for Thursday morning, nine days after his arrest.

On August 27, police found two women, Emily Bivens and Joan Bernard, and a child, Cullen Bivens, dead in a Pittsylvania County home.

“We discovered the crimes last Tuesday,” said Bryan Haskins, the Commonwealth Attorney prosecuting the case, “and we charged the defendant, Matthew Bernard, last Tuesday, and were awaiting his arraignment.”

Bernard faces three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of using a firearm to commit a felony.

Arraignments typically take place within 72 hours of an arrest. WFXR asked Haskins why it will have taken nine days for the arraignment to take place, but he declined to comment on the reason.

Bernard had been taken for medical treatment after his arrest.

Haskins asks the community for their support.

“Pray for the Bevins family and the Bernard family,” he said. “They’re going through a lot.”

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