‘Religious motivation’ probed in Montgomery Biscuits pitcher’s family’s slaying

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That’s according to a search warrant filed in Pittsylvania County. The Danville Register & Bee reported Friday that police cited the religious aspect while seeking access to Matthew Bernard’s cellphones.

Police said the 18-year-old possibly kept an audio diary on his phone that includes his “visions” and things he had “heard from God.”

Authorities say Bernard killed his sister, Emily Marie Bivens, and her 1-year-old son Cullen Bivens, and his mother, Joan Bernard, in late August.

Emily Bivens was married to Blake Bivens, a pitcher for the Montgomery Biscuits, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Bernard is charged with first-degree murder.

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