Arraignment for triple murder suspect canceled due to hospitalization

Matthew Bernard, 19, was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – A man accused of killing his mother, sister and her toddler was not arraigned Thursday morning because he has been hospitalized.

According to the Pittsylvania County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Clerk's Office, Bernard was in the hospital as of 8:30 a.m. Thursday, which is when he was scheduled to be arraigned.

The clerk's office did not say what hospital he was taken to or why.

He was previously hospitalized Tuesday afternoon for treatment of cuts he received while beating his head against the inside of a sheriff's deputy's patrol car after being arrested.

According to Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor, he was brought back to the Pittsylvania County Jail around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

He is also on suicide watch, Taylor said.

Bernard is accused of killing his mother, 62-year-old Joan Bernard; his sister, 25-year-old Emily Bivens; and his 14-month-old nephew, Cullen Bivens, who all lived at 1949 Keeling Drive. 

Credit: Bryant Bernard

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