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Charles Severance's lawyers seek gag order in an unrelated case

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(WJLA) - Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman made no comment following a judge’s decision to deny a gag order in the case of Charles Severance, who remains in jail on felony gun charges.

But in the motion for the gag order, Severance’s attorney Ed Ungvarsky argued that media attention has unfairly tied Severance to the unsolved Alexandria murders of Nancy Dunning, Ron Kirby, and Ruthanne Lodato.

Ungvarsky writes that coverage “has been pervasive, continuous, and prejudicial,” adding that “Mr. Severance looks significantly different than the police sketch of the suspect.”

He blames Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille for swiftly calling Severance a person of interest in the murders, and Wheeling, West Virginia prosecutor Scott Smith for misidentifying Severance as a suspect – even though Alexandria Police have officially yet to name one.

Ungvarsky also criticizes Plowman for comments made last month following a court hearing, accusing him of “hazardously linking this case and the Alexandria murder cases.”

In court on Thursday, Plowman responded to the criticism: “That’s an absolutely false claim…that can be found nowhere.

In the end, the judge agreed – and Ungvarsky fell short of a change in course.

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