Charles Severance served with Virginia warrant

A warrant has been served from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to a man who is a “person of interest” in the high-profile killings of three people in Alexandria.

McAuliffe (D) signed the extradition order Friday to return Charles Severance, currently jailed in West Virginia, to the Commonwealth. He faces a weapons charge in Loudoun County that is unrelated to the killings.

The service of the warrant is a procedural step as prosecutors in Virginia seek to bring Severance back to the state to face trial. Severance, 53, was arrested March 13 in Wheeling, W.Va., as a fugitive from justice. He is being held on a $100,000 bail.

Alexandria police are investigating Severance in 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 called a suspect in the cases and has not been charged.

Severance’s attorney has said he plans to fight the extradition order in court during a March 31 hearing. His defense attorney has called the arrest a “sham” and criticized the what he says is a lack of evidence supporting the Loudoun County charge.

Loudoun authorities have declined to offer details about the charge, which accuses him of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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