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Severance appears in Loudoun court

Charles Severance

A man identified as a person of interest in three Alexandria murders made his first appearance in Loudoun County court May 6.

Charles Severance, 53, of Ashburn, was arraigned in the Loudoun County General District Court on one charge of possessing a gun as a non-violent felon.

Severance was arrested March 13 in Wheeling, W.V., on the Loudoun County warrant. Despite attempts by Severance's attorneys to get a stay of extradition, he was taken to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center Monday afternoon.

Alexandria police want to question Severance regarding three murders that have taken place in the city over the past decade: the 2003 murder of real estate agent Nancy Dunning, the November killing of regional transportation planner Ronald Kirby and the killing of Ruthanne Lodato, who was shot Feb. 6 when she answered her door. Police have said he is a part of their investigation, but haven't yet named Severance a suspect.


Why can’t the judge order him to shave and get a haircut. He’s just trying to change his appearance. If his attorney was any good he would see that he shaved and cut his hair.

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