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Ohio County prosecutors call Severance a danger, flight risk

Updated: Monday, March 17 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
WHEELING, W.Va. – Charles Severance may be staying in the Ohio Valley longer than expected.
Severance, who was arrested at the Ohio County Public Library last week and charged with possession of a firearm, is also a suspect in three murders in Alexandria, Va.. He’s fighting to stay in Ohio County.
The public defender in the case said he needs to take a closer look at the warrant and may have a basis to challenge it, meaning severance could stay here in Vest Virginia. He’s at the Northern Regional Jail.
Prosecutors called Severance a danger and flight-risk.
They brought in evidence -- several pictures of Severance at the Russian Embassy, with a passport, seeking asylum before coming to West Virginia.
 “He’s a suspect in three homicides in Virginia,” said Scott Smith of the Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office. “He’s now charged with being possession of a firearm and those firearms are unaccounted for. It appears he left Virginia after informing the authorities they wanted to talk to him.”
Smith says he wants Severance to go back to Virginia and face the charges and/or questioning. He says he will seek a governor’s warrant from Virginia.
That, however, could take 60 days.
The big issue Monday was the two weapons unaccounted for. Prosecutors wouldn’t say whether or not they were connected to the three murders in Alexandria.
Severance is scheduled to be back in court at 1:30 on March 19.

Ohio County prosecutors call Severance a danger, flight risk


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