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Hearing held for man accused of misleading police in West Brookfield investigation

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There's new information today into the investigation surrounding the murders of a West Brookfield mother and her three children.

We’re learning that a Ware man accused of lying to State Police investigators could be indicted.

Mathew Locke appeared in East Brookfield District Court today.

A prosecutor told a judge that Locke is now the subject of a grand jury.

Sara Bermudez and her three children, 8-year-old Madison, 6-year-old James, and 2-year-old Michael, were found dead in their West Brookfield home on March 1.

Locke is accused of lying to police about the investigation.  He is a cousin of Moses Bermudez, Sara’s husband and the father of their three children.

Western Mass News reached out to Moses Bermudez, but he did not respond.

In a phone call with Western Mass News last month, Moses said he was not happy with the direction police officers were taking the investigation.

Police have not arrested anyone for the killings of his wife and three children.

However, during an interview with police last month, Locke reportedly told State Police investigators that he had recently visited the Bermudez home with Joshua Gagnon.

Gagnon did not return multiple requests for comment Tuesday.

According to court documents obtained by Western Mass News, Mathew “Locke stated that he had recently visited 10 Old Warren Road – the family home – with an associate, Joshua Gagnon.  Locke stated that when he pulled into the driveway, Moses Bermudez was sitting in his truck.”

Locke has a lengthy criminal record in central Massachusetts, according to documents we’ve obtained.  

Those charges include an assault and battery in 2009 and reckless operation of a motor vehicle in 2014, among others, as well as this most recent charge of misleading police, in that he allegedly told them, “...that Moses stated that they should pay attention to the news in the coming days because anyone associated with MS-13 was going to get hurt and die.  Locke’s statement indicated that members of MS-13 were responsible for the murders.”

Because of that statement, authorities charged Locke with misleading a police investigation.

Locke pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail at his arraignment last month.

That ‘associate’ he mentioned, Joshua Gagnon, told Western Mass News in a statement last month, “I went to the Bermudez residence only to offer my condolences to a grieving family, like any normal human should do that shows sympathy of such a tragic loss and now people from my little town are making [speculations] instead of actually listening to my intentions and being present there at the time.”

Gagnon added: “I will keep his family in my prayers.”

A prosecutor said there are plans to indict Locke on the charge of misleading a police investigation.

Locke is scheduled to return to East Brookfield District Court on May 24.

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