ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A witness to one of three murders gave an emotional testimony in the Charles Severance case Thursday. The murders happened in Alexandria over a ten-year period, but it was moved to Fairfax. The hearing focused on the final murder, that of Ruthanne Lodato in February of 2014.
The witness was the caretaker of Lodato's elderly mother. In court Thursday, she broke down and sobbed recalling Lodato's murder. She also said she saw the man with the gun, felt a terrible pain, fell to the floor and started screaming.
"The family is deeply indebted to her...she was heroic and courageous," said John Kelly, family friend of the Lodatos.
Jeanette Dorcas Franco gave police the sketch of the gunman who killed Lodato. Police say he knocked on Lodato's door, and shot her, and then wounded Franco.