Judge denies bond for Charles Severance

LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fifty-three-year-old Charles Severance has been in police custody since March.

But his attorney tried to convince the judge that the man who has been called a person of interest in three Alexandria murders is not a danger to the community and to set a bond.

Severance's attorney Ed Ungvarsky gave several strong arguments to have his client released on bond but the judge wasn't buying it.

Severance is only facing a firearms charge but has been called a person of interest in three high profiled murders in Alexandria including the shooting deaths of Nancy Dunning, Ron Kirby and Ruthann Ladoto.

Ungvarsky says the gun charge is weak and surrounds one woman's complaint. In court, he said Severance's girlfriend, Linda Robra of Ashburn, bought and owns the guns. He adds, she never saw Severance leave the house with them. He accuses the girlfriend of having incentive to cooperate because police found illegal marijuana during a search warrant.

Court documents say, the Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney has promised not to charge her and she has received an immunity letter by the Winchester Commonwealth's Attorney in exchange for her cooperation with Loudoun and Alexandria law enforcement.

Ungvarsky says Severance does not pose a 'risk of danger to the community whatsoever.' He said in court, his client is not a flight risk, he would stay with his parents in Fairfax County if released and has every intention to clear his name as soon as possible. Ungvarsky quoted the prosecutor saying the current gun charge is 'unrelated to Alexandria.' and also quoted Alexandria Police who have said Severance 'is not a person of interest.' He told the judge he is taking them at their word.

Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman argues the defendant is a flight risk and suggests he suffers from depression and other mental illness. He says that combined with guns can be a danger to the community.

Plowman also says Severance sometimes camps in the woods, he has been unemployed for 13 years and that his two prior convictions dealt with a concealed weapons charge; one a felony, the other a misdemeanor.

Severance remains held without bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.


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