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West Virginia judge sets $100,000 bond for Charles Severance

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A man who is possibly connected to three high-profile murders in Alexandria returned to court for a bond review hearing in West Virginia.

On Wednesday, a judge has set bond at $100,000 for Severance.

The prosecutor had asked that Severance to be held without bond, calling him a danger to the public and a flight risk. But Ohio County Circuit Court Judge James Mazzone denied the request.

The 53-year-old Severance appeared absolutely indifferent to the judge's decision.

Police arrested Severance last week in Wheeling, W.Va., on a weapons charge from Loudoun County.

Police in Alexandria are investigating whether Severance could be linked to the murders of Ruthanne Lodato, Ron Kirby and Nancy Dunning. All three were shot and killed at their Alexandria homes over the last decade. No charges have not filed against Severance in any of the three of the cases.

In court, Severance's lawyer asked, "Are we considering this a homicide case or is this a sham arrest?"

The prosecutor presented evidence of some convictions, weapons charges, and says there are two guns last known to be in Severance's possession that are unaccounted for.

He also says that when Severance found out that Alexandria police wanted to interview him in connection to the murders there, he sought asylum from the Russian embassy. And when that failed, he headed to West Virginia.

But the judge said it's not enough to hold him without bond.

"No evidence of flight has been presented nor has evidence of danger to the community,” said Judge Mazzone. “Again, we have allegations contained within a legal memorandum or a motion, but allegations are not evidence."

Severance is due back in court on March 31 for an extradition hearing. Prosecutors want him returned to Virginia to face the weapon charge.

We are told if he is extradited, it could take about a month and a half to two months.


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