Charles Severance extradition hearing canceled

A Monday court hearing for a man who is a “person of interest” in three Alexandria killings has been canceled pending his decision on whether to fight extradition to Virginia.

Charles Severance, 53, is currently jailed in Wheeling, W.V. as a fugitive from justice. On Wednesday he was served with a warrant from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe that would bring him to Loudoun County to face a weapons charge.

The gun charge is unrelated to the investigation into the February slaying of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato, the November shooting of regional transportation planner Ronald Kirby and the 2003 killing of real estate agent Nancy Dunning. Severance has not been charged in any of the slayings.

Severance’s defense lawyer in Wheeling has argued that the Loudoun charge — being a felon in possession of a firearm — is a “sham” to force his client back to Virginia. He has announced that Severance plans to extradition. A judge gave Severance seven days to respond to the warrant, Ohio County Prosecutor Scott M. Smith said: “We’ll just have to wait and see.”

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Rachel Weiner covers cops and courts in Arlington and Alexandria.
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