Matthew Bernard hearing in Pittsylvania County triple murder case delayed until Oct. 29

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UPDATE 11:23 a.m.: WFXR received the following statement from James C. Martin, the attorney for Matthew Bernard, via email on Tuesday.

“The case of Commonwealth of Virginia v. Matthew Thomas Bernard in the Pittsylvania County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court, which was previously set for a competency review determination hearing on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. has been continued to Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. for further review of competency restoration treatment and/or a preliminary hearing if competency were be to found.”

James C. Martin, attorney for Matthew Bernard

CHATHAM, Va. (WFXR) — A competency review for a man accused of killing his mother, sister, and nephew in Pittsylvania County last year has been delayed until Oct. 29.

Matthew Bernard was scheduled to appear in court tomorrow, May 13. Several previous court hearings have been delayed.

A judge ordered a psych evaluation be completed by Oct. 31, 2019, to determine Bernard’s competency to stand trial and his mental state at the time of the murders. He was subsequently ruled incompetent to stand trial. The court filing asserted Bernard could be rehabilitated to competency “solely on an inpatient basis in a hospital” and stand trial for the murders at a future date.

Bernard was ordered transferred to a hospital “as soon as practicable, but no later than 10 days, from the receipt of this order,” the court filing said.

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