• Murder hearing continued
By Staff Reports
May 9, 2011, 13:01
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The preliminary hearing for Matthew Brady, the man accused of murdering Joseph and Evelyn Bland in Colonial Heights on Jan. 21, was continued indefinitely as Commonwealth's Attorney William B. Bray filled his prosecutorial arsenal.
Bray has added Chesterfield County Commonwealth' s Attorney William W. Davenport and Warren B. Von Schuch, a prominent capital murder prosecutor to aid in the case against Brady, 27.
The addition of the prosecutors was not the reason for the delay. A lab in Pennsylvania that is doing the statistical analysis of the DNA evidence in the case has not yet completed its work. Defense lawyer David Baugh strongly objected to the indefinite status of the continuance. He argued that, if the hearing did not proceed, there should not only be a re-evaluation of probably cause but bond as well. He suggested that Brady be released with an monitoring ankle bracelet. Brady has been in jail since Jan. 28.
Baugh argued that law enforcement needed sufficient evidence to arrest Brady on January 28, which could not have included DNA. He said since the prosecution had other evidence, he thought the hearing should proceed with the information available.
Judge Pamela O'Berry overruled the objections and granted the Commonwealth's motion of continuance and denied resetting bail. She set a status hearing for June 29. A date for the preliminary hearing will be set at that time.
Brady is accused of beating the Blands, aged 84 and 80, to death inside their home on Conduit Road. He is also accused of stealing cash from their home. Brady once lived across the street from the Blands. Their car was found a few block away from the home.