Charles Severance, charged with illegal possession of firearms, due in court Wednesday
LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - An Ashburn man wanted for questioning in the deaths of three Alexandria residents over the last decade is going back to a Loudoun County courtroom on an unrelated charge.
Fifty-three-year-old Charles Severance is charged with illegally possessing firearms despite a felony record. His lawyers, though, say the charge is a sham to hold Severance while Alexandria police continue to investigate the unsolved shootings there.
Alexandria Police have tried to question Severance but have declined to identify him as a suspect.
Severance's lawyer filed court papers last week saying the firearms in question in the Loudoun case actually belonged to Severance's live-in girlfriend.
A judge will decide at a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Leesburg whether prosecutors have enough evidence to seek a grand jury indictment.