- Associated Press - Saturday, December 24, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Court of Appeals will hear the petition of a Virginia man found guilty last year of killing three prominent Alexandria residents over the course of a decade.

A defense attorney for Charles Severance of Ashburn told WJLA on Friday the court has granted a hearing on three issues: the sufficiency of evidence, whether the cases were connected and whether Severance was properly convicted on two capital murder sentences.

The Washington Post reports the appeals court rejected eight other errors defense attorneys claimed occurred during the trial.

Prosecutors said Severance, who has a history of mental illness and ran fringe candidacies for political office when he lived in Alexandria, wanted revenge after losing a child custody case there. The victims were shot in their homes.

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