- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — An ex-girlfriend of the man accused of killing three Alexandria residents over the course of a decade says he harbored a grudge against the court system for losing custody of his child.

Charles Severance is on trial for three separate slayings: Nancy Dunning, wife of then-Sheriff James Dunning, in 2003; transportation planner Ron Kirby in 2013; and music teacher Ruthanne Lodato last year.

Severance, a former Alexandria resident with a history of erratic behavior, has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say Severance committed the killings to get revenge against what he perceived as the city’s ruling class after losing custody of his son.

The ex-girlfriend, Linda Robra of Ashburn, said that while they lived together, Severance also expressed hatred of police and what he called “utopian elites.”

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