The Loudoun County man facing charges in the murders of three prominent Alexandria community members was moved to a dention center in the city Monday.
Charles Severance was charged last week in the murders of Ruthanne Lodato, Ronald Kirby and Nancy Dunning -- killings that spanned a decade and made Alexandria residents afraid to open their own doors.
Severance entered the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center in Alexandria Monday afternoon.
Since his March arrest on an unrelated weapons charge, being a felon in possession of a firearm, Severance had been held in jail in Loudoun County. That charge was ruled nolle prosequi, meaning it can be brought back at a later date.
A court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning. Severance is expected to appear via closed-circuit TV.
He is facing a total of 10 charges relating to the three Alexandria murders:
- First-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the Dec. 5, 2003, death of Dunning, the wife of then-Alexandria Sheriff Jim Dunning.
- Capital murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon in the Nov. 11, 2013, death of 69-year-old Ronald Kirby, an official with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
- Capital murder, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a felon, and malicious wounding in the Feb. 6, 2014, death of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato, 59. Lodato's mother's caregiver was also shot in that incident. She survived and was able to provide authorities a description of the suspect.
"It's with some pleasure we have ability to say we have this particular killer arrested," said Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook last week, shortly after Severance was charged in the killings.
Cook said he is confident that Severance is the suspect they've been looking for since the murder of Nancy Dunning in her home almost 11 years ago.