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Judge in Beltway Sniper Trial to Hear Charles Severance Murder Trial

The judge who presided over the 2003 sniper trial of Lee Boyd Malvo has been assigned to the murder trial of Charles Severance, accused of killing three high-profile Alexandria residents.

Charles Severance, 53, will be in court Thursday for the beginning of his multiple-murder trial.

Earlier this month, Severance was charged with murder in the 2003 slaying of Nancy Dunning, wife of then-Sheriff James Dunning; the November 2013 shooting of transportation planner Ronald Kirby; and the February shooting of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato.

Fairfax County Circuit Judge Jane Marum Roush will preside over Severance's murder trial.

She had previously presided over Malvo's trial -- he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

The Lodato and Kirby slayings carry a potential death sentence, but prosecutors have indicated they won't seek Severance's execution.

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