Man accused of killing his family in triple homicide to undergo sanity evaluation
Judge Brian Turpin approved an order for a competency and sanity evaluation that Bernard's court-appointed attorney James Martin requested, according to the documents obtained by CNN affiliate WSET.Bernard is accused of killing 62-year-old Joan Bernard, 25-year-old Emily Bivens, and 14-month-old Cullen Bivens, and was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to CNN affiliate WSET.Emily Bivens and Cullen Bivens are the wife and child of minor league baseball player Blake Bivens.The order says that Bernard is currently in the custody of the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Development Services. It also says that the evaluations must be conducted on an in-patient basis by qualified staff at a hospital designated by the commissioner.Bernard's next hearing has been set for Nov. 6.
What police found
The first report came into police the morning of August 27 after Bernard showed up at his aunt's door, punched her in the shoulder and ran away, according to search warrants obtained through WSET.Shortly after, the aunt heard gunshots coming from the victims' home. When she went to the home, the warrant says, she found a body in the driveway and saw Bernard running from the house and into the woods behind it, carrying a rifle. She told police he was wearing a white T-shirt.When officers arrived, they found that the woman in the driveway appeared to have been shot. They also found a woman and a baby on a bed who appeared to be shot as well, according to the warrant. Officers also found a dog dead in the living room.Bernard was taken into custody as he ran from a wooded area around 12:15 p.m., a spokesperson for Pittsylvania County, Virginia, said in a statement provided to CNN. Bernard was naked when he was taken into custody.In the woods, officers said they found a rifle, a white T-shirt, blue sweatpants and black Nike brand sneakers, the warrant said.
What the family says
Bivens, a pitcher with the class AA Montgomery Biscuits in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, posted a Read More – Source