During the course of the investigation into a triple homicide at 1949 Keeling Drive Tuesday, Aug. 27, a total of 48 items were seized.
On Aug. 27, Joan Denise Jefferson Bernard, 62; Emily Bernard Bivens, 25; and Cullen Micah Bivens, 14 months old; were murdered at 1949 Keeling Drive.
The body of Bernard was found in the driveway according to the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.
Around 12:15 p.m. Aug. 27, Matthew Thomas Bernard was arrested after appearing naked and unarmed between two homes on Keeling Drive. He was wanted by police as a suspect in the murders.
Matthew Bernard attacked a bystander at Keeling Baptist Church before running a short distance and being apprehended by a police K-9 and officials on Keeling Drive.
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office has charged Matthew Bernard with three counts of first degree murder.
Commonwealth Attorney Bryan Haskins said there could be additional charges as his office builds the case.
The items seized by the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office included:
Five cell phones, one of which was an iPhone
Six cartridge cases
One rewards card
Three gel lifts
One ammo box
One vehicle key
One silver knife
One Marlin rifle
One paint chip
One .22 revolver
Two nail clippings
One gunshot residue kit
One baby monitor
One bullet fragment
Matthew Bernard has a court date set in Pittsylvania County for Sept. 5 at 8:30 a.m.