The only question remaining – will the trial be held in Alexandria? To see our previous posts on this case, click this link.
Via Public Safety
A judge has declared the man accused of fatally shooting three prominent Alexandria residents over the past decade competent to stand trial — and the man is now arguing that the trial should take place outside of the city where police say he perpetrated the brazen, daylight attacks.
In recent days, Judge Jane Marum Roush officially declared 54-year-old Charles Severance competent to stand trial, and attorneys for Severance argued in a motion that the trial should be held outside of Alexandria. The attorneys — who did not object to the finding that Severance was competent — argued that the crimes of which he stands accused sparked intense fear in Alexandria, and the pre-trial publicity about the case was “so pervasive, and expansive” that it might bias city jurors against Severance.
The attorneys compared Severance’s case to that of the D.C.-area snipers but noted that here — unlike with the snipers — moving the case outside Alexandria might fix the problem.
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