Update: Norfolk barber shop murder suspect charged in Beach robbery
Update: The case against Bernard Kearney has been continued until October 31.
His attorney says the case was continued because prosecutors are waiting on DNA analysis from a cigarette/cigar that was found at the scene.
His attorney also says he did not know what led police to his client for the Beach incident.
Norfolk, Va. – The man newly indicted in a 2010 Norfolk barber shop murder and robbery is suspected in the robbery of a Virginia Beach barber shop weeks earlier, NewsChannel 3 has learned.
Virginia Beach authorities confirm that Bernard Kearney was arrested in June 2013 for the April 1, 2010 robbery of a Newtown Road barber shop in Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach police located Kearney in Arizona, and he now sits in the Virginia Beach jail on robbery charges.
Earlier this week, a Norfolk grand jury indicted Kearney in the April 17, 2010 robbery and murder of Henry McIntosh at his Church Street barber shop. Last year, police arrested and later cleared another man in the incident.
“It was very coincidental,” said Alyiah Glover, owner of the Virginia Beach shop police said Kearney robbed. “It could very well be the same person.”
According to Kearney’s bond sheet for the Virginia Beach robbery charges, he left the area in April 2010 for Arizona.
More records in Norfolk reveal he stopped paying for furniture and appliances he rented from ColorTyme in May 2010. He pleaded guilty to those charges in August while in Virginia Beach custody.
Watch the video in this story to see surveillance of the Virginia Beach robbery.