Judge Denies Gag Order Motion in Charles Severance Gun Case

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    Northern Virginia Bureau reporter David Culver reports on a judge denying a gag order request in the Charles Severance case.

    A judge denied a gag order in the Loudoun County case of a man who is wanted for questioning in the shooting deaths of three Alexandria residents.

    Charles Severance is in jail awaiting trial in Loudoun County on a firearms charge, but his case is attracting attention because Alexandria Police believe he could be linked to the murders of Realtor Nancy Dunning in 2003, regional transportation planner Ron Kirby in November 2013 and music teacher Ruthanne Lodato in February 2014.

    Man Linked to Unsolved Alexandria Murders Arraigned on Gun Charge

    [DC] Man Linked to Unsolved Alexandria Murders Arraigned on Gun Charge in Loudoun County
    Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports on the Loudoun County arraignment of Charles Severance on gun charges.

    Severance has not been charged in those shootings, and police have not named him a suspect.

    His lawyer, Edward Ungvarsky, sought to bar lawyers in the case from talking to the media. He argued that the "intense and pervasive media attention" is doing damage, according to court documents. He cited a "swirl of public accusations" against Severance, and he's worried that when it comes to finding jurors to decide on the felony gun charge, the news would "poison the potential jury pool."

    Charles Severance, Man Linked to 3 Alexandria Murders, Extradited from West Va.

    [DC] Charles Severance, Man Linked to 3 Alexandria Murders, Extradited from West Va.
    A 53-year-old man that has been linked to three unsolved, high-profile murders in Alexandria was extradited from a West Virginia prison Monday afternoon.

    The judge will rule on a bond hearing Friday. It's possible the defense will push for Severance to be let out of jail as he awaits trial.

    A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next week.

    Charles Severance to Appeal Extradition to Loudoun Co.

    [DC] Charles Severance to Appeal Extradition to Loudoun Co.
    A person of interest in three murders in Alexandria will remain in West Virginia while he appeals extradition. Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports.

    Severance has been in custody since March 13, when he was arrested at the county library in Wheeling, W.Va. Police from several Northern Virginia agencies and the FBI had been tracking him.

    He was extradited to Virginia last month. In fighting Severance's extradition, his defense attorney unsuccessfully argued that the gun charge against Severance was a "sham" and that authorities were holding Severance to allow them time to build a murder case against him. A West Virginia prosecutor said that Severance was a fugitive, and the Loudoun County gun charge was legitimate.

    Charles Severance to Be Extradited to Loudoun Co.

    [DC]  Charles Severance to Be Extradited to Loudoun Co.
    An Ohio County, W.Va., judge has ordered Charles Severance to be extradited to Virginia to face a gun charge.

    If convicted on the gun charge, Severance could spend up to five years in prison.

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