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Man Wanted in Alexandria Slayings Indicted

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A sketch of the suspect (left) in the killing of a music teacher in Alexandria and the mugshot of Charles S. Severance (right). (credit: Alexandria Police and West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority)

A sketch of the suspect (left) in the killing of a music teacher in Alexandria and the mugshot of Charles S. Severance (right). (credit: Alexandria Police and West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority)

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LEESBURG, Va. — A man wanted for questioning in three slayings in Alexandria has been indicted on an unrelated gun charge in Loudoun County.

Fifty-three-year-old Charles Severance was indicted by a grand jury on Monday on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If convicted, he would face a mandatory minimum sentence of two years.

Police in Alexandria have said they are focused on Severance as they investigate three unsolved slayings: one in 2003, one last year and one this year. He has not been formally named as a suspect.

Severance’s lawyer has said the gun charge is a sham to hold him while police continue to investigate the Alexandria slayings.

Severance is a former Alexandria resident who now lives in Ashburn. He’s been in custody since March.

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