Prosecutors showed this image of a bumper sticker on a red Ford Escort, believed to be Severance's vehicle, during opening statements Thursday. Friday, they brought the vehicle's bumper into the courtroom. The sticker reads: Assassination City Derby. (Pool photo/The Washington Post/Matt McClain)
Alexandria Police Sergeant David Cutting, left, identifies the bumper from Charles Severance's vehicle as prosecuting attorney, Bryan Porter stands at right Friday. The bumper has a black sticker that says "Assassination City Derby." (Photo by Matt McClain/ The Washington Post)
WTOP's Megan Cloherty was in the courtroom Friday as the trial began its second day of testimony and evidence presentations.
Norman Lodato, the surviving widower of Ruthanne Lodato, testified to the jury his wife had no enemies.
The two went to elementary school and church together and were married for more than 36 years
The morning she was shot at their Alexandria house, he had left early for a doctor appointment and recalled getting an urgent call from a neighbor to come home.
Lodato testified his family did not know Ron Kirby. However his wife, a lifelong Alexandrian, knew Nancy Dunning, but they were not close.
The three families lived in the same affluent section of Alexandria. Their homes were about a mile apart.
In the second day of presenting evidence to the jury, the prosecution has called a witness to speak about the lack of forensic evidence left at the three crime scenes.
A forensic scientist is testifying about what's called "touch DNA," which she says is hard to test for and is subject to countless circumstances that would compromise how conclusive it is.
This DNA expert did not find Charles Severance's DNA at the home of Ruthanne Lodato or at the home of Ron Kirby. Severance is also on trial for the 2003 murder of Nancy Dunning.
Fourteen fingerprints however were found on the Lodato's door. Of those, 12 were not Severance's and two others couldn't be compared. Investigators removed the entire door and took it into evidence.
As Ruthanne Lodato's widow and one of her daughters held each other in the courtroom, other family members left - choosing not to hear the details of a deputy medical examiner's autopsy findings.
Lodato was shot in her home on February 6 2014 and died later that day. The doctor testifying says Lodato was shot twice with a small caliber rounds. The fatal shot pierced her her heart and two main arteries.
Severance is charged with Lodato's murder as well as the murders of Ron Kirby and Nancy Dunning.
Members of the Lodato family have been wearing round blue pins with white musical notes on them - a tribute to Lodato's life spent teaching music.
Police released this sketch of the man who shot Ruthanne Lodato soon after she was killed in her Ridge Road Drive home in February 2014. The description came from Dorcas Franco, who was shot and injured in the same attack. Severance's defense attorneys have repeatedly questioned witnesses about the length and bushiness of the bearded man they saw. (Alexandria Police)
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