Jury convicts man in northern Virginia triple murder case

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By MATTHEW BARAKAT
Associated Press
    
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) – A jury has convicted a man of murder in a case where he was accused of shooting and killing three prominent residents of Alexandria in their homes over the course of a decade as part of a longstanding grudge against the northern Virginia city.
    
Charles Severance was charged in the deaths of Nancy Dunning, wife of then-Sheriff James Dunning, in 2003; transportation planner Ron Kirby in 2013; and music teacher Ruthanne Lodato last year.
    
Severance is a former Alexandria resident and fringe candidate for political office with a history of erratic behavior.
    
Prosecutors say he wanted revenge against what he perceived as the city’s elite after losing a child-custody case there. Defense lawyers argued that authorities jumped to conclusions about Severance because of his mental illness and violence-tinged writings.

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