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Deliberations reach Day 3 in Alexandria triple murder case

Fairfax county Circuit Court Judge Randy Bellows, studies a list of jury requests in the Charles Severance case at the Fairfax County Circuit County in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. A jury is beginning deliberations Thursday in the triple murder trial of Severance, accused of shooting and killing three prominent Alexandria residents in their homes over the course of a decade. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool)

Fairfax county Circuit Court Judge Randy Bellows, studies a list of jury requests in the Charles Severance case at the Fairfax County Circuit County in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. A jury is beginning deliberations Thursday in the triple murder trial of Severance, accused of shooting and killing three prominent Alexandria residents in their homes over the course of a decade. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool)

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Jurors are conducting a third day of deliberations in the murder trial of a Virginia man accused of killing three prominent Alexandria residents in their homes over the course of a decade.

Jurors deliberated for two days last week at the trial of 55-year-old Charles Severance of Ashburn. He’s charged in the shooting 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 with a history of erratic behavior. Prosecutors say he harbored a grudge against what he perceived as the city’s elite after losing a child custody case there.

If no verdict arrives Monday, deliberations won’t resume until Wednesday because the courthouse is closed for Election Day.

 

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