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Woman Reportedly Purchased Guns for Severance; Public Defender, Again, Asks for His Release Under 'Sham' Charges

Prosecutor has said the two guns allegedly belonging to Severance are missing. Public defender says Severance has been illegally detained on an improper fugitive warrant issued by Virginia.

Charles Severance is being held in a West Virginia jail awaiting an extradition hearing. Photo courtesy of West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority
Charles Severance is being held in a West Virginia jail awaiting an extradition hearing. Photo courtesy of West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority
It appears that an acquaintance of Charles Severance is cooperating with authorities, telling them she purchased two guns for the man being held in a West Virginia jail cell, according to The Washington Post.

Authorities are looking into any possible connections between Severance, 53, and three high-profile homicides in Alexandria.

The chief public defender in Ohio County, W. Va., who is assisting Severance in his fight to avoid extradition to Virginia on an unrelated weapons charge, says, as he has said previously, that his client is being held under "sham" charges and should be released from jail, according to The Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register. 

Severance, an eccentric former Alexandria mayoral candidate, came to the attention of investigators through tips into the February slaying of Ruthanne Lodato, the 2003 killing of real estate agent Nancy Dunning and the November slaying of regional transportation planner Ronald Kirby.


Meanwhile, Severance's former girlfriend has told authorities that she purchased two .22-caliber guns for Severance, according to the Post. The prosecutor at his March hearing said the guns are missing. Magistrate Joe Roxby set bond at $100,000 during a video arraignment.

Severance was arrested March 13 at a library in Wheeling, W. Va. on an unrelated firearms charge. Alexandria Police and the FBI showed up in Wheeling after the arrest and since then have searched waterways near his home in Ashburn and his parents' home in Oakton, and searched a home for six hours in Ashburn, a neighbor told The Post.

On the day he was arrested, Wheeling police took Severance into custody at 12:11 p.m., but did not serve the warrant until eight hours later at 10:39 p.m., according to the motion filed with the court. Three detectives from the Alexandria Police Department and FBI agents arrived during those eight hours, Welling asserts.

"Wheeling police learned that Alexandria authorities were on their way from Virginia and desired to speak with the respondent on an unrelated matter," the motion states.

Welling said the detainment, as well as the arrest is a violation of both the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and the West Virginia constitution.

Prosecutor Scott Smith is expected to file a response to Welling's motion by Monday. A final hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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Kill Crazy April 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Thank the goodness somebody is steppin up and is buying guns for these deranged peoples. Them folks wid mental problems gotta be able to defense thereselfs from them govmnt agents who always be tryin to take there guns away so they can be tooked off to the consentrashun camps. The reel criminals in this case be the govmnt. Everbody knowed it two.
David April 19, 2014 at 12:19 AM
Kill Crazy, This guy was a freak, if he wanted to kill he would find a way no matter what tool he used. I see from several posts you do have an anti-gun agenda, too bad its not a criminal anti-gun agenda. From the looks of your grammar and spelling I think community college would be your best weapon in this forum. As far as guns go, Virginia could always adopt the DC laws, let’s just use their crime stats as an example. Myself I have a concealed carry permit and when I am in public I am carrying, this is good for me but here is a big problem for people like you. Let’s say I see you being assaulted in a park, I have two choices: 1) Intervene with my weapon to stop the harm being directed at you, but run the risk of you saying you would rather be beat-up, robbed, raped, or killed than to see this guy use a weapon to protect an innocent person 2) I take the ten minutes to get home and call the police to report what I just saw (by then you are left to your demise) Trust me, because I know people like you exist, I will ALWAYS chose option #2, my weapon is to protect myself and my family. You and people like you that live in the land of lollipops and unicorns will just have to yell the “bad words” at the criminals to make them stop, cause I will just keep walking.
Kill Crazy April 19, 2014 at 06:14 PM
Dave you be da mans!!! You be sooooo brave it done made my hart beet faster. You done soun likes a nature born killer. How many nochos you got on the Gluck? Is you got 6? Has you tooked out 6 perps? I got a bud done tooked out 8 baddies. Lets see you beet that!!! You comed bak and talks at me when you done tooked out 8 perps. You jest be soooo brave!!!

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