Is the following a proper use of "respectively"? And if it is not, what is the proper construction of this sentence:

Counts 10, 12, and 14 of the indictment charged Mr. Client, along with Mr. Co-client, with First Degree Murder While Armed (Premeditated), in violation of D.C. Code §§ 22-2101, 4502, 2104.01(b)(4), 2104.01(b)(6) (2001 ed.). Counts 11, 13, and 15 charged Mr. Client, and Mr. Co-client, with Possession of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence or Dangerous Offense, in violation of D.C. Code § 22-4504(b) (2001 ed.). Each of those counts related to one of the homicide charges. Count 18 of the indictment charged with Mr. Client with Carrying a Pistol Without a License, in violation of D.C. Code § 22-4504(a) (2001 ed.). Count 29 charged Mr. Client with Obstruction of Justice, in violation of D.C. Code § 22-722(a)(6) (2001 ed.). When the charges were submitted to the jury, the above listed charges were respectively renumbered 1-6 and 8-9.

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Yes, it is a proper use of respectively, although it's a monster paragraph. Respectively can certainly refer to more than two things, and each list is just married up.

respectively adverb
separately or individually and in the order already mentioned (used when enumerating two or more items or facts that refer back to a previous statement)

[ODO] (my emphasis)

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    It will put any two sets with the same finite number of elements into 1-1 correspondance, provided they are each pronounced (or written) fully, each in the appropriate order. This tends to limit the utility of the method for large sets, especially in speech. Commented May 30, 2013 at 17:01

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