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Trial for Man Accused in Alexandria Slayings to Start Monday

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    Charles Severance appears in court for an Oct. 1 hearing. (Photo: Washington Post)

    The trial for the man accused of killing three Alexandria residents over a 10-year span will begin Monday.

    One hundred jurors will report to court for jury selection Monday. If officials cannot seat a jury, 50 additional jurors will report Tuesday. 

    Severance is accused of killing Nancy Dunning, wife of then-Sheriff James Dunning, in 2003; transportation planner Ron Kirby in 2013 and music teacher Ruthanne Lodato last year.

    Prosecutors say Severance, a former Alexandria resident with a history of erratic behavior, was seeking revenge against what he perceived as the city's ruling class for losing a child custody case.

    Defense lawyers say the government's case is weak.  

    Severance entered a not guilty plea last week.