ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Seven months after the murder of Ruthanne Lodato, 10 months after the murder of Ron Kirby, and 11 years after the murder of Nancy Dunning, Alexandria police have finally charged a suspect.
Charles Severance, 53, of West Virginia, was charged for all three murders Monday. All three were shot just inside their front doors with a small caliber weapon, police said.
Nancy Dunning was the wife of then-Alexandria Sheriff Jim Dunning when she was shot to death in her home in 2003. Sheriff Dunning was investigated for his wife's death. He later moved to North Carolina where he died.
Mayor Bill Euille says the Dunnings were his friends and he feels badly that Jim Dunning went to his grave under what some perceived as a cloud of suspicion.