Defense Pushing For Gag Order in Charles Severance Case

by Lee Hernly, Editor

I’d be interested to hear from lawyers and/or students of the law like me whether or not the judge can bar either party in the Charles Severance case in Loudoun from talking about the three Alexandria murders which he has not been charged with.

What do you think?

Via WaPo

Defense lawyers for a man deemed a “person of interest” in three unsolved Alexandria killings want to bar discussion of his case outside the courtroom.

Ed Ungvarsky office filed a motion in Loudoun County District Court for a gag order in the case of Charles Severance, who currently faces only a felony gun possession charge there. On Wednesday, a judge scheduled a June 12 hearing on the motion, a spokeswoman for the commonwealth’s attorney said.

The gag order would prevent both prosecutors and defense attorneys, as well as any investigators in the case, from speaking to the news media, the commonwealth’s attorney’s office said.

The unusual case, which is being handled by Loudoun’s chief prosecutor and the Virginia Capital Defender Office, has attracted media attention far outside the norm for a low-level felony. Alexandria police are investigating Severance, 53, in connection with the deaths of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato, regional transportation planner Ronald Kirby and real estate agent Nancy Dunning. Severance has not been charged in the Alexandria slayings, which authorities have said may be linked, and police have said that he is not a suspect.

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