New hearing date set for accused triple murderer

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – A March hearing date has been set for a man charged with three murders in Pittsylvania County. Matthew Bernard is now scheduled to appear in Pittsylvania County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on March 18.

His case was earlier continued after a judge ruled Bernard incompetent to stand trial.

The 19-year-old is charged in a triple homicide at the family’s Keeling home in August. Killed were his mother, sister and her 14-month-old son.

Bernard faces three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Bernard led police on a brief foot chase in August, when he ran through the streets naked and chocked a bystander.