Matthew Bernard preliminary hearing delayed until March 18

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Matthew Bernard was found incompetent to stand trial in the August murders of his mother, sister, and nephew. (File photos)

Matthew Bernard was found incompetent to stand trial in the August murders of his mother, sister, and nephew. (File photos)

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A preliminary hearing for accused Pittsylvania County triple murderer Matthew Bernard has again been delayed.

Bernard faces three first degree murder charges in the deaths of his mother, sister, and nephew last year. He is also charged with three counts of using a firearm to commit a felony.

Bernard had several preliminary hearing delays last year after the August murders of his family. Bernard was later ruled incompetent to stand trial after a psychological evaluation was completed and filed with the court. A court filing asserts Bernard could be rehabilitated to competency “solely on an inpatient basis in a hospital” and stand trial for the murders at a future date.

The rescheduled preliminary hearing is March 18 at 2 p.m. in Pittsylvania Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

WFXR’s Santiago Melli-Huber contributed to this report.

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