Teen who killed family then stripped naked and ran from police charged with murder

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A person who police say killed three of his family earlier than getting bare and main police on a foot chase has been charged with homicide.

Matthew Bernard, 18, is accused of killing his mom, 62-year-old Joan Bernard, his sister Emily Bernard Bivens, 25, and her 14-month-old son Cullen Bivens, at their house in Pittsylvania County, Virginia final month.

Bernard appeared in court docket on Thursday the place he was charged with three counts every of first-degree homicide and utilizing a firearm within the fee of a felony.

Based on WDBJ17, when the decide requested Bernard if he understood what he his prices, he responded, ‘yes sir’ in a quiet voice.

Barnard’s lawyer, James Martin, has requested an analysis of his shopper’s sanity and competency, which is ready to be reviewed in November.

Police found the our bodies of Bernard’s mom, sister, and niece on August 27. Police started looking for Bernard and located him bare in a wooded space hours later.

Bernard fled from officers earlier than working right into a church car parking zone, the place he tried to strangle a church employee whereas being pursued by a single state trooper.

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As police forces converged on the car parking zone, Bernard took off down a avenue, however was arrested after he ran proper right into a police roadblock.

The subsequent day, a white t-shirt, blue sweatpants, and a pair of Nike footwear had been discovered about an hour from the household house.

Based on a search warrant: ‘The clothing appeared to have red stains and what could possibly be particles of human tissue on them.’

Police recovered a rifle within the wooded space close to the house and a blood-spattered sledge hammer discovered within the house’s storage, though authorities haven’t but revealed how the victims died.

Bernard is due again in court docket on November 6. Till then, he’s being held in jail, in response to authorities.

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