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Severance to be extradited to Virginia to face weapons charges

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WHEELING, W.Va. -

The man police believe is linked to three high-profile murders in Alexandria will return to Virginia. A West Virginia judge ordered Charles Severance extradited to Loudoun County for an unrelated gun charge.

The judge handed down his decision after a hearing that lasted over two hours.

Within an hour after the hearing, the public defender announced Severance intends to appeal extradition and the judge ordered a one-week stay.

It is not yet clear how it will all play out.

“We've just not had a lot of extraditions like this that go this far,” said prosecutor Scott Smith.

The crux of the hearing was whether Severance was legally arrested and detained in West Virginia.

According to the defense team, while Severance was arrested on a felony gun charge out of Loudoun County, the arrest warrant was filed after he left Virginia and no Loudoun County official came to West Virginia to investigate.

The manager of the Knights Inn where Severance was staying confirmed the hotel was instead visited by officers from Alexandria and he read from one of their business cards.

Severance remained expressionless with his eyes locked straight ahead as his defense team argued that Virginia is using a drummed up charge to keep him locked up while they work with the FBI to investigate his possible connection to three high-profile Alexandria murders without sufficient evidence.

“There is no law that says parallel investigations can't continue at the same time,” said Smith. “Alexandria did not need Mr. Severance in jail in order to continue their investigation and come up here and ask for search warrants and ask to interview witnesses.”

The prosecutor said all that is required to be a fugitive is committing a crime in a state and leaving. He said that is what happened when Severance entered West Virginia and ultimately the judge agreed.


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