Charles Severance Facing Extradition Hearing April 23

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    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he signed an extradition warrant to get Charles Severance, who is being investigated in connection with three murders in Alexandria, back here from West Virginia. News4's Mark Segraves has the latest on the case.

    An extradition hearing has been scheduled to bring a man back to Virginia to face questioning from Alexandria police in connection with three unsolved murders there.

    Charles Severance has been held in a West Virginia jail on an unrelated weapons charge since last month. Last week, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an extradition order to bring Severance back to Virginia.

    A judge has scheduled Severance's extradition hearing for April 23, reported News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey on Monday.

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    On WTOP's "Ask the Governor" program a week ago, McAuliffe said in no uncertain terms he’s been told police in Alexandria want to question Severance.

     

    "My secretary of public safety, Brian Moran, came to me, and obviously this person of interest is a concern to our law enforcement personnel," McAuliffe said. "They believe that there's, and I don't want to get too much, obviously, into a criminal case, but I was satisfied that I should sign the extradition order based upon the recommendation of my secretary of public safety as well as my law enforcement personnel who give me advice."

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    Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille has called Severance a person of interest in the deaths of Nancy Dunning, Ron Kirby and Ruthanne Lodato in Alexandria. The killings span 10 years, although two have occurred in just the past few months. Police have said the three cases could be related.

    The prosecutor handling his case in West Virginia also has linked him to the murders.

    However, Alexandria police reiterated last week that Severance is not wanted and has not been charged with anything in Alexandria and that it’s premature to call him a person of interest.

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    It could take weeks to return Severance to Virginia.

    His public defender has said Severance is being held on a "sham" charge and that he thinks a West Virginia prosecutor is keeping Severance behind bars "in order to buy the Commonwealth time to investigate other matters."

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