Charles Severance has bond hearing in W.Va.

WHEELING, W. Va. (WUSA9) -- Charles Severance, who Alexandria, Virginia's mayor calls a person of interest in three unsolved murders, has a bond hearing in West Virginia on Wednesday.

Monday, Severance was ordered held without bond in West Virginia.

A West Virginia prosecutor said Severance is being investigated for the murders of Ruthanne Lodato, Ron Kirby and Nancy Dunning in Alexandria, Va. According to the prosecutor, when Severance was told that police wanted to question him about the murders he tried to seek asylum at the Russian embassy in D.C. Surveillance photos were shown in court to illustrate the claim that Severance is a flight risk.

Severance was arrested in West Virginia on a felony warrant for possession of a firearm from Loudoun County, Va.

The hearing for Severance's extradition to Loudoun County is on March 31. Severance's public defender objected to the March 31 extradition hearing because the timing wasn't "convenient," he said to the judge. Severance was silent as his public defender said he would fight extradition.

The judge said he'd consider the argument for a different date on March 19, during the follow-up bond hearing.

If extradited to Loudoun County, then Alexandria police might be able to ask Severance questions about the unsolved murders.


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We first learned that Charles Severance may be connected to the unsolved murders last Friday. Some people see a likeness between Severance and the suspect sketch in the Ruthanne Lodato murder.

"When I first saw the sketch it alerted me that this is someone that I have definitely seen and I have said as early as a week ago to folks that don't be surprised if the person we're looking for is someone we've all seen, someone we have a relationship with," said current Mayor Bill Euille.

VIEW: Warrant for Charles Severance (PDF)

Police stress that he is not a suspect in any of the three unsolved murders in the city or a person of interest. They simply want to question him.

"We don't use those types of terms. We will look into all possibilities regarding his possible connections to this crime but we're continuing to investigate the crimes on their own merits," said Crystal Nosal, Alexandria Police Department spokesperson.

Charles Severance ran for mayor of the Alexandria twice and U.S. Congress once.


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