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Five things to know about Charles Severance

Charl;es Severance during a prior court hearing. (WJLA file photo)
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LEESBURG, Va. (WJLA) - Charles Severance, who is a potential suspect in three slayings in Alexandria, has been ordered to stand trial on a gun charge in Loudoun County.

Here are five key things to know about Charles Severance:

1) His Loudoun County case is not related in any way to the serial murder investigation in Alexandria. Below is the arrest warrant that resulted in Severance being taken into custody and extradited from West Virginia to Loudoun County, Va., where he'll now stand trial.

140314115020_Warrant for Charles Severance

2) He's faced criminal charges before and has a prior weapons conviction. According to research conducted by Leesburg Today, Severance has prior arrests in 2003 for assault and a sex offense and was arrested again in 2005 for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. In 2004 he pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon and received a one-year suspended jail sentence.

3) Because of concerns over his mental stability, Severance lost custody of his son in 2000. Severance's tirade against the judge in the case and the mental health system are documented on the website mentaldisorder.com.

4) Severance is a two-time independent Alexandria mayoral candidate and a former Congressional candidate. But as the Washington Post noted, he was hardly a contender - racking up a few hundred votes each time. At candidate forums, he gained attention for his bizarre behavior which included assaulting a debate organizer and stealing an American flag from the podium.

5) The three victims in the Alexandria serial killings that Severance is a possible suspect in were all high-profile Virginians. As the Washington Post detailed, regional transportation planner Ronald Kirby, prominent real estate agent Nancy Dunning and popular music teacher Ruthanne Lodato had only one thing in common - they were apparently slain by the same person. The city's police chief told the Arlington Times that Severance is the primary focus of their probe into those unsolved killings.

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