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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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Virginia serial killer Charles Severance sentenced to life in prison

(Jahi Chikwendiu / The Washington Post)

At a hearing attended by family members of his 3 victims, he rambled and again sparred with the judge.

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Severance guilty in three high-profile killings in Alexandria

(Matt McClain / The Washington Post)

A jury recommended a sentence of life in prison without parole.

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A serial killer out to terrorize a community, or a wrongly accused man?

(Nikki Kahn / The Washington Post)

The case of Charles Severance, accused of three slayings in Alexandria, goes to the jury.

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Attorneys for accused serial killer Charles Severance rest their case

(Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post)

Severance is charged in the slayings of three Alexandria residents. Closing arguments are expected Wednesday.

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Prosecutors rest case against Alexandria serial killer suspect

(Cliff Owen / AP)

Defense attorneys for Charles Severance will now begin presenting evidence to jurors.

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A killer who ‘terrorized the community’ or an unfairly accused man?

(Matt Mcclain / AP)

The trial of alleged Alexandria serial killer Charles Severance began Thursday.

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In case of alleged Alexandria serial killer, prosecutors must piece together a puzzle

(Matt McClain / The Washington Post)

There will be a variety of circumstantial evidence used at Charles Severance’s trial this week.

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Accused Alexandria serial killer spars with judge over ‘excessive bail’

(Matt McClain / The Washington Post)

Charles Severance, accused of fatally shooting three people, also refused to answer basic questions.

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Man charged in Alexandria slayings can implicate someone else, judge says

(Jahi Chikwendiu / The Washington Post)

Charles Severance’s attorneys may argue that Nancy Dunning was killed by her husband, James, in 2003.

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Prosecutors: Informant claims alleged serial killer ‘intimated’ knowledge of crimes

(Brittany Greeson / The Washington Post)

They are weighing whether to call a man who was incarcerated with Charles Severance as a witness.