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Charles Severance to be extradited to Virginia

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(WJLA) - On Tuesday, the West Virginia Supreme Court refused a request to delay the extradition of a man being investigated in three Alexandria murders that police say may be linked.

Charles Severance could be sent back to Virginia as early as this week.

Severance has been fighting extradition to Virginia ever since being taken into custody in Wheeling, West Virginia, on March 13, and although he has not been charged in the Alexandria murders, he is facing gun possession charge as a felon in Loudoun County.

However, statements made in open court, along with court documents, indicate he is being investigated in connection with the murders of Nancy Dunning in 2003, Ron Kirby in 2013, and Ruthanne Lodato earlier this year. Alexandria Police have said ballistics evidence indicates the three unsolved murders may be linked.

Last week in Ohio County Circuit Court in Wheeling, a judge ordered Severance to be sent back to Loudoun County on the gun warrant, and gave Severance's lawyers one week to attempt to get the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to delay Severance's extradition.

With the Supreme Court refusing to do that on Tuesday, it means the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office could go to Wheeling and take Severance into custody as early as Wednesday.

Two spokespersons with the sheriff's office said on Tuesday that their department had ten days to pick Severance up, but couldn't yet say when they would do it.

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