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Charles Severance has left West Virginia

A person of interest in three Alexandria homicides has arrived at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center in Leesburg, spokeswoman Liz Mills of the Loudoun sheriff’s office said Monday evening.

Earlier Monday, Charles Severence left the West Virginia jail where he has been housed for the past two months and was transported into Virginia.

Police in Alexandria want to question Severance, 53, about the February slaying of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato, the 2003 killing of real estate agent Nancy Dunning and the November slaying of regional transportation planner Ronald Kirby. He was arrested in Wheeling, W.Va., on March 13 on a fugitive-from-justice charge stemming from a gun posession charge out of Loudoun County.

Defense lawyers argued that the warrant for his arrest in Loudoun, which was issued after Severance arrived in Wheeling, were merely a pretext to interrogate their client about the homicides. But a West Virginia judge ruled in favor of extraditing Severance, and the West Virginia Supreme Court last week denied him the right to delay that extradition pending appeal.

This story has been updated.

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