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Police look for clues in Alexandria slayings

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Three fixtures in the Alexandria community, all as prominent as they were loved, were gunned down inside their homes for reasons that elude police.

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Man accused in Alexandria killings wants trial outside of the city

(Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post)

Charles Severance, officially declared competent, is requesting a change of venue.

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Alleged Alexandria serial killer remains calm in court appearance

(Matt McClain / The Washington Post)

Charles Severance’s attorneys request more time to assess report on his competence to stand trial.

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Mental-health evaluation of alleged serial killer ordered

(Bill O'Leary / The Washington Post)

A psychologist will test Charles Severance, who is charged in three high-profile Alexandria slayings.

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Alleged Alexandria serial killer to appear in court

(Matt McClain / The Washington Post)

Prosecutors, defense attorneys will discuss results of psychological evaluation for Charles Severance.

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Prosecutors: Accused Alexandria serial killer was motivated by child custody case

(Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

Charles Severance, charged in three Alexandria shootings, hated “enforcement class,” authorities say.

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Charles Severance, accused in Alexandria killings, will not go to trial until next October

(Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

No new details emerged during Severance’s court appearance, but there was plenty of legal haggling.

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Murder defendant Charles Severance moved from Alexandria to Arlington jail

(Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post)

Authorities said they moved the murder defendant to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

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Surveillance video helps link suspect to Alexandria killings, search warrant says

(RICKY CARIOTI / THE WASHINGTON POST)

A car seen speeding from the Lodato shooting is similar to Charles Severance’s, a search warrant says.

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Charges filed in 3 Alexandria killings, victims’ families haunted by the “why”

(Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post)

Charles Severance is charged with three killings in Alexandria. But the motive is a lingering question.

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3 victims of Alexandria fatal shootings

Nancy Dunning was killed in 2003, Ronald Kirby in 2013 and Ruthanne Lodato in 2014.