Severance To Stay In West Virginia During Appeal

WHEELING-Ohio County Circuit Judge James Mazzone this morning ordered Charles Severance be extradited back to Virginia to face a felon in possession of a firearm charge-and then granted a stay of extradition to give Chief Public Defender Shayne Welling time to file an appeal with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

Mazzone’s decision to extradite Severance came in a morning hearing when he granted Welling one hour to discuss an appeal with his client before having Severance turned over to authorities for his return to Virginia. The stay of extradition decision came when the court reconvened about an hour later.

The judge said Welling has until April 30 to file his intention to appeal with the higher court.

After the hearing, Welling said his notice of intent to appeal will ask the high court to grant the statutory 30 days to file an appeal. If the court decides to hear the case, final disposition may not happen for several months.

In the meantime, at the request of Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith, Severance will be held without bond at the Northern Regional Jail at Moundsville.