PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — More court documents have been obtained by WFXR News which show suspect Matthew Bernard’s cell phone may contain a motive in the Pittsylvania County triple murder which has drawn national attention.
Matthew Bernard is accused of murdering his mother, 62-year-old Joan Bernard, 25-year-old Emily Bernard Bivens, and 14-month-old Cullen Bivens on Aug. 27.
A court document says Matthew Bernard was going through a divorce at the time of the murders and posted a menacing message online.
“[Never] underestimate a Bernard,” one post viewed by the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office allegedly read. The post showed Bernard holding a young child. The document noted that a young child, now identified as Cullen Bivens, was among the victims discovered in the home.
Authorities discovered a cell phone believed to be owned by Matthew Bernard which may contain evidence in the investigation.
“[The] information in the phone may contain information identifying a motive for these shootings,” the documents read.