Alexandria murders 'person of interest' to be extradited

WHEELING, W. Va. (WUSA9) -- A man called a person of interest in three unsolved murders in Alexandria, Va. will be extradited from West Virginia to Loudoun County, Va.

A West Virginia judge concluded that extradition papers are in order and a warrant appears valid for Charles Severance, who Alexandria police have called a person of interest in the unsolved murders.

Charles Severance fought extradition to Virginia in a Wheeling, West Virginia courtroom on Wednesday morning.

Severance arrived in court shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Public defender Shayne Welling told the court he had nine witnesses for Wednesday's hearing. The first witness was the general manager of a Wheeling, West Virginia Inn. The defense tried to show that Severance was was not hiding in West Virginia because he gave his real name at the hotel where he stayed.

Prosecutor Scott Smith requested that Severance be extradited to Virginia before a Loudoun County detective was called to testify. He testified that he was investigating Severance for a weapons violation. The prosecutor countered Severance's counsel's claim that the Loudoun County weapons charge is not legitimate.

Following closing arguments and a recess, the judge returned with his decision. He thanks both parties for their professionalism during the hearing before ruling that Severance would be remanded to Ohio County authorities before being extradited to Virginia.

Police believe the murders of Nancy Dunning, Ron Kirby and Ruthanne Lodato are linked. Severance has not been charged in any of the cases, but police want to talk to him. He has been in West Virginia jail for the last month on an unrelated charge.

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