Person of interest in Alexandria murders denied appeal

WEST VIRGINIA (WUSA9/AP) -- The West Virginia Supreme Court has denied Charles Severance's request for stay of his extradition order, court officials said.

He will be able to return to Virginia, court officials said. The Loudoun County Sheriff's Department will be responsible for picking up Severance from West Virginia within 10 days.

He has been wanted for questioning in relation to three unsolved slayings in Alexandria, Va., over the last decade and had been ordered extradited to Virginia on an unrelated weapons charge.

A West Virginia judge had ordered 53-year-old Charles Severance extradited to Loudoun County, where a warrant has been issued on a firearms charge. He was arrested in Wheeling, West Virginia on March 13 and charged as a 'Fugitive From Justice' pursuant to the Uniform Criminal Extradition Act, court documents say.

Severance's lawyer argued that the firearms warrant is a sham, and a pretext to hold him in relation to the unsolved Alexandria killings despite a lack of evidence.

Alexandria Police have not named Severance a suspect in any of the three fatal shootings, which occurred between 2003 and February of this year.

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