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W.Va. prosecutor calls man suspect in Va. slayings

Monday - 3/17/2014, 2:55pm  ET

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) -- A Virginia man is being held without bond in West Virginia after a prosecutor said he's a suspect in three unsolved slayings in the city of Alexandria over the past decade.

Charles Severance is charged in Loudoun County, Va., on an unrelated gun charge. Police arrested him last week in Wheeling, W.Va.

Ohio County, W.Va., prosecutor Scott Smith told The Associated Press that he told a judge Monday at Severance's bond hearing that Severance is a suspect in the Alexandria killings and should be kept in jail because he is a danger to the community.

Alexandria police have said a routine analysis of crime tips in the slayings brought Severance to their attention. They say that detectives are investigating but that it's "premature to name him as the only possible suspect."


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