Charles Severance Denied Request to Stay in West Virginia

Charles Severance
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Charles Severance, a person of interest in three murders in Alexandria and being held in West Virginia, could be back in Northern Virginia as soon as Wednesday.

Earlier this month, an Ohio County, W.Va. judge ordered Severance to be extradited to Virginia to face a gun charge. 

This week, the West Virginia Supreme Court rejected a request from Severance to stay his extradition.

Severance, 53, has been held in West Virginia on an unrelated gun charge from a warrant issued in Loudoun County, where he most recently lived.

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

While the Loudoun County gun charge -- being a felon in possession of a firearm -- is what's been holding him, West Virginia authorities told the judge last month that Severance is a person of interest in Alexandria in three unsolved murders: Those of popular Realtor Nancy Dunning a decade ago; regional transportation planner Ron Kirby in November, and music teacher Ruthanne Lodato in February.

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