Trial for Man Accused in Alexandria Slayings to Start Monday

20151001 Charles Severance in Court
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. 

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