Arraignment for murder suspect, new evidence in case

By Nicole Bell - bio | email

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - The man charged with murdering an elderly Colonial Heights couple made his first court appearance Monday morning.

Matthew Brady is charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Joseph and Evelyn Bland. He's also facing robbery charges. Today, NBC12 obtained copies of three new search warrants that outline evidence police have collected.

  • Girlfriend's home at 116 Lafayette Avenue: Police seized $920 in cash, flat pry bar, nylon toolbox with tools, gold earrings with green and white colored stones, and silver coins. (Girlfriend has not been identified)
  • Brady's parents home at 403 Wilson Avenue: Police seized several items of clothing a black jacket, two pairs of blue jeans, a safe, hand towels, AT&T phone, bill bottles and plastic bags with "plant-like material, green in color" and smoking devices.
  • 2005 Nissan Altima: Police searched the girlfriend's car and took multiple swabs of red stains in the vehicle.

One neighbor, who witnessed the arrest, asked not be identified.

"We were very surprised the person they were looking for was found a few doors down," said the woman.

Joe and Evelyn Bland were found dead in their home just over a week ago. They died from blunt force trauma to the head. The Commonwealth's Attorney says his office will do what it takes to ensure justice is served.

Nicole Bell: "Do you plan on pursuing this case vigorously?"
William Bray: "Absolutely in accordance with the law and justice I do."

This isn't Brady's first brush with the law. According to court records Brady pled guilty, in 2002, to sexual battery against a juvenile.

During his arraignment hearing on the capital murder charges Brady spoke politely and told the judge he was unemployed and had no assets.

A judge appointed Brady two attorneys. Brady is being held at Riverside Regional Jail. His next court date is scheduled for May 4th.

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