McAuliffe signs extradition order for Charles Severance, ‘person of interest’ in 3 Va. killings

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed an extradition order to return to the state a man who is a “person of interest” in the high-profile killings of three people in Alexandria, according to a spokesman.

Charles Severance, 53, was arrested in Wheeling, W.Va., last week on a fugitive from justice warrant stemming from a weapons charge in Loudoun County. That charge is not connected to the killings.

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 is being held on a $100,000 bond in a West Virginia jail. He could choose to fight the extradition order in the West Virginia courts. Severance’s attorney has argued his arrest is a “sham.”

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