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A grand jury in Alexandria has indicted Charles Severance in the deaths of regional transportation leader Ron Kirby and two other prominent Alexandria residents. Kirby, the director of transportation planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, was murdered last November in his Alexandria home. 

In March, Alexandria police connected his murder to two other unsolved murders in Alexandria: The murders of Ruthanne Lodato, a local music teacher who shot at her home after Kirby in February 2014, and Nancy Dunning, a sheriff’s wife who was killed 11 years ago. 

“I am confident that he is the suspect that we have been looking for the past 11-years,” Police Chief Earl Cook said in a press conference this afternoon. “The Nancy Dunning case was never a cold case.”

Severance has been charged with 10 counts related to the killings, including the capital murder of Kirby. The Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office says it will not seek the death penalty. Severance is currently in Loudoun County jail awaiting trial for a gun possession charge.

Severance, 53, is a two-time candidate for mayor of Alexandria, running in 1996 and 2000. Cook would not release any information on a possible motive for the murders.

Cook did briefly also discuss the murder of Carolyn Cross, the deputy director of D.C.’s Department of Corrections who was found murdered in her Alexandria home Sunday. Police charged a man in her murder, 29-year-old Dawit Seyoum of Alexandria. At this time, Cook says, there’s no indication the suspect knew Cross.

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