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Charles Severance Held Without Bond In Connection With Alexandria Murders

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A composite sketch of the Alexandria shooter and a mug shot of Charles Stanard Severance, who is wanted for questioning.
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A composite sketch of the Alexandria shooter and a mug shot of Charles Stanard Severance, who is wanted for questioning.

The man linked to an investigation into three high-profile murders that have made residents of a quiet neighborhood afraid to open their doors is being held without bond in West Virginia.

Prosecutors say Charles Severance the suspect in three high profile murders in the City of Alexandria. He's being held without bond in West Virginia on an unrelated gun charge out of Loudoun County.

Yesterday Severance appeared before a West Virginia Circuit court judge for his bond hearing. His defense attorney says he will fight extradition back to Virginia.

Alexandria Police say they believe the murders of Ruthanne Lodato in 2014, transportation planner Ron Kirby in 2013 and Nancy Dunning in 2003 are part of a series of crimes. Severance is wanted for questioning in connection with that series.

Scott Smith, who is a prosecutor in Ohio County, West Virginia, told a judge that Severance should be kept in jail because he is a danger to the community. Severance has not been charged in any of the murders.

The judge ordered that Severance be held without bond after prosecutors argued he was a flight risk, showing an image of him going to the Russian Embassy to seek asylum.

Former neighbors in Cumberland, Md., from 2001 to 2005 shared their recollections of the man they knew as "Charlie" with NBC Washington.

"He bathed in the yard nude. He had old ball and call tubs all over the yard and was very economical. He would wait for rainwater," said Kevin Rowley.

Neighbors told NBC4 that Severance was often seen loading his guns into a car before going for target practice. He also planted fruit trees and donated the fruit to the needy.

They also recall his fanatical rants against Alexandria officials for perceived slights and barring access to his son Levite, after whom he named his bed and breakfast.

Severance's extradition hearing is scheduled for March 31.


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