No hearing Monday for Alexandria 'person of interest'

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Charles Severance, who has been called a "person of interest," in three Alexandria murder cases will not have an extradition hearing in West Virginia on Monday morning, however, Severance will not be leaving the state yet.

There will be another hearing regarding the summons. That hearing will be scheduled in a few weeks.

Last week, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an extradition order to return Charles Severance to Virginia. Severance planned to fight extradition.

Severance is being held in the Ohio County, W.Va. jail on a weapons violation charge in Loudoun County. Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith called Severance a "person of interest" in three Alexandria murder cases.

But Severance he has not been charged in those cases. To charge him, Alexandria police need some solid evidence, such as DNA. Finding the gun used in the killing, a .22 caliber, would also be solid evidence. Except, sources tell WUSA9 that police don't have it yet.

A potential problem in this case if Severance is charged, could be an allegation of mental illness which could set up a defense for him the prosecution would have to overcome.

See previous stories on the Alexandria murders and Charles Severance here:


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