Charged

Matthew Thomas Bernard, 18, of Keeling was charged with three counts of first degree murder for allegedly killing Emily Bernard Bivens, Joan Bernard, and an infant. 

Warrants obtained from Pittsylvania County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Wednesday, Aug. 28 reveal Matthew Thomas Bernard, 18, was charged with three counts of first degree murder for allegedly killing Emily Bernard Bivens, Joan Bernard, and an infant child. 

According to the warrants, Bivens is the sister of Matthew Bernard. Bivens is also the wife of Tampa Bay Rays prospect Blake Bivens, who plays for the Montgomery Biscuits. 

Joan Bernard is the mother of Matthew Bernard. 

Matthew Bernard was captured by law enforcement officials Tuesday, Aug. 27 after leading an officer on a chase while naked. Matthew Bernard attacked a bystander before being apprehended in the church parking lot of Keeling Baptist Church. 

A hearing has been set for Thursday, Sept. 5 at 8:30 a.m. in the Pittsylvania County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. 

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