UPDATE: Final Extradition Hearing Set for Man Arrested in Wheeling and Linked to Virginia Murders
West Virginia Regional Jail Authority
Severance holding a passport in front of Russian Embassy.
A final extradition hearing for Charles Severance, the man arrested at the Ohio County Library on weapons charges and allegedly linked to three murders in Virginia, will be held on April 23 9:30 a.m.
Public defender Shayne Welling had previously asked a judge in Wheeling to give him more time to submit his objections to Severance's extradition. Meanwhile, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has also signed an extradition order for Severance.
Charles Standard Severance, the man arrested at the Ohio County Library on weapons charges and allegedly linked to three murders in Virginia, will remain jailed on a $100,000 cash-only bond after a hearing on Wednesday.
The prosecution had sought that Severance be held without bond.
During the hearing, prosecutor claimed Severance intended to leave Wheeling and travel west, and that he remained a "flight risk." The defense, however, suggested Severance came to Wheeling to check out the "rich history." The defense called Severance's arrest a "sham arrest."
In the end, the judge in the case said the state presented no evidence to support their allegation, and stated "allegations are not evidence."
Severance had first appeared in court on Monday morning for his extradition hearing in an attempt to avoid being sent to Virginia. During the hearing, Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith argued that Severance was a flight risk and a danger to the public. The judge in the case agreed and ordered that Severance be held without bond until Wednesday's bond hearing.
It was revealed during Monday's hearing that Severance had allegedly sought asylum in Russia after he left Virginia. He reportedly has no ties to the Wheeling area.
Severance had been arrested last Friday at the Ohio County Library on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm
According to WJLA, an ABC affiliate out of Washington, D.C., Severance matches the description of a man wanted for murdering a woman in Alexandria, Virginia in January. Authorities received a tip that Severance would be in the Wheeling area and Wheeling police spotted him yesterday at the Ohio County Library where he was arrested.
According to WJLA, "Alexandria police said that Severance is not officially a person of interest in the murder case of Ruthanne Lodato but said they were interested in talking to him."