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Judge: Severance Must Return to Virginia

A West Virginia judge decided to extradite Charles Severance, who is wanted in Loudoun County.

A West Virginia judge decided Wednesday morning to extradite Charles Severance, who is wanted on a warrant for a gun violation in Loudoun County.

Police may also want to question Severance as they continue their investigation into three unsolved homicides in Alexandria.

Ohio County, W. Va. judge James Mazzone handed down his decision shortly before noon Wednesday. 

Severance was arrested in March at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling, W. Va., on a warrant for a weapons offense in Loudoun County. 

Alexandria Police officials have not said Severance is a suspect in the three homicides – of Nancy Dunning, Ronald Kirby and Ruthanne Lodato – but they are looking for possible connections. He has been called a "person of interest." 

Severance, 53, is a former Alexandria mayoral candidate, who came to the attention of investigators through tips regarding the February slaying of Lodato, the 2003 killing of real estate agent Nancy Dunning and the November 2013 slaying of regional transportation planner Ron Kirby.


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