(WJLA) - Defense Attorney Ed Ungvarsky stressed in court on Friday that Charles Severance's possible connections to the Alexandria murders of Nancy Dunning, Ron Kirby, and Ruthanne Lodato "should have nothing to do with Mr. Severance's bond request," and that "authorities have no evidence connecting Mr. Severance to it."
According to a criminal complaint, Severance fled his home in Ashburn on March 10 - armed with guns purchased by his girlfriend, Linda Robra. He was arrested days later in Wheeling, West Virginia.
However, in court papers, Ungbarsky claims that "Ms. Robra, not Mr. Severance, is the owner of the pistols for which he is charged," and that she never actually saw him leave the house with the guns.
He also writes that Robra had an incentive to cooperate, after authorities found marijuana during a search of her home. In exchange, Ungvarsky claims that "the Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney has assured Ms. Robra she will not be charged for her illegal marijuana."
That attorney, Jim Plowman, admitted in court that the criminal complaint was not precise, and that more evidence will come out soon. He also cited Severance's possible depression as a reason to deny bond, alluding to the mass shootings:
"We've seen so often that the deadly combination of firearms and untreated mental health issues can be a danger to the community."
Following the hearing, Plowman explained his statement:
"I think we've all seen that recently in the last few years. Making no direct inferences to him, I think it's just something the public is generally concerned about."