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11:58 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Arson Trial for Tonya Bundick Will Be Moved to Virginia Beach

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Tonya Bundick will get a change of venue for her trial on 62 counts of arson for a series of blazes that struck Accomack County in late 2012 and early 2013.

If she goes to trial the judge said her case would be moved to Virginia Beach.

But the judge did not make a decision on Bundick’s request for separate trials on each of the 62 counts.

The judge said that he wanted to reread testimony by her fiance' Charles Smith, a co-defendant during her last trial.

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12:10 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Tonya Bundick Trial Delayed

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The April 10th trial date for accused arsonist Tonya Bundick has been continued.

She waived her right to a speedy trial on 62 counts of arson.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports a date has Not been set.

She did enter an Alford plea in January on two other counts related to an April 1st arson in 2013 in Melfa which means she did not admit guilt but accepted there was enough evidence to convict.

That was the last of the arsons in a string of more than 70 in Accomack County.

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2:09 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Tonya Bundick Pleads Guilty in Accomack Arson Trial

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Tonya Bundick entered an Alfred guilty plea to one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit dramatically ending her two day trial.

The plea means that she recognizes there is enough evidence for a conviction.

She could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to a $5-thousand.

Bundick has also been indicted on 64 counts of arson.

Her fiancé Charles Smith has pleaded guilty to over 60 counts of arson for the fires set in abandoned buildings in Accomack County in late 2012 and early 2013.

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9:35 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Bundick's Fiance' Testifies at Arson Trial

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The first trial of Tonya Bundick in the series of arsons at abandon buildings in Accomack County got underway in Virginia Beach yesterday.

her fiancé Charles Smith told the jury in the afternoon that after his unsuccessful attempt to set the first blaze Bundick started the fire herself.

Smith told the court there was no plan or scheme to set the fires.

There were around 70 fires in all between late 2012 and early 2013.

Bundick faces one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson in this trial.

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8:27 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Bundick Arson Trial To Begin This Week

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A two day trial is set to begin today for Tonya Bundick who faces two counts involving arson for the fires set at abandoned buildings in Accomack County in late 2012 and early 2013.

In addition, Bundick will also face another 64 counts at a second trial.

Her fiancé Charles Smith has already pleaded guilty to 67 arson charges and potentially faces 500 years in prison.

Smith says in a videotaped confession to police that he set the fires for Bundick because he was in love with her.

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8:14 am
Thu December 5, 2013

New Details From Indictment in Accomack County Arsons

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There are new details about the fires among the 62 new arson charges handed down by a grand jury against Tonya Bundick in Accomack County.

The indictment said she played a role in setting the very first fire on November 12th in Parksley.

WBOC reports that other fires included the blaze at the Leatherbury United Methodist Church and the Whispering Pines Motel.

During an interrogation by police her fiancé Charles Smith said that the fires were originally Bundick’s idea.

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8:56 am
Tue December 3, 2013

62 More Arson Counts Against Tonya Bundick in Accomack County Fires

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A woman accused of setting fires to abandoned structures on Virginia's Eastern Shore is facing new arson charges.

Media outlets report that an Accomack County grand jury indicted Tonya Bundick of Parksley on 62 arson counts on Monday.

Bundick was indicted earlier this year on one arson count and one conspiracy count.

Her boyfriend, former volunteer firefighter Charles Smith III, pleaded guilty in October to 67 arson counts and one conspiracy count.

The charges stem from a string of fires in 2012 and 2013.

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9:03 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Tonya Bundick Wants Arson Trial Moved Again

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A woman accused of setting a string of abandoned structure fires on Virginia's Eastern Shore wants the location of her trial moved a second time.

WAVY-TV reports Tonya Bundick's new attorney asked Wednesday that her trial take place in Emporia in Greensville County, citing heavy media coverage in Hampton Roads.

A judge earlier granted her first attorney a change-of-venue request from Accomack County to Virginia Beach. That attorney then quit representing her.

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1:36 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Charles Smith: Set Accomack County Fires for Love

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Charles Smith says he set the fires in a series of arsons in Accomack County from November of last year to April of this year out of love for his fiancé.

Smith and Tonya Bundick were arrested April 2nd .

Since then Smith has pleaded guilty to 67 arson counts and one count of conspiracy to commit arson.

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12:53 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Charles Smith Pleads Guilty in Accomack Arson Fires

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A former volunteer firefighter charged in a string of arsons on the Eastern Shore has pleaded guilty to 68 counts.

Media outlets report that 40-year-old Charles Smith III pleaded guilty to 67 counts of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson Thursday morning in Accomack County Circuit Court. He will be sentenced in December.

Smith and his fiancé, Tonya Bundick, were accused of setting fire to abandoned structures between November 2012 and April of this year. They were arrested April 2.

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9:01 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Tonya Bundick Attorneys to Withdraw from Arson Case

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The judge in the trial of Tonya Bundick charged in connection with the string of arson fires in Accomack County earlier this year has allowed her attorneys to withdraw from the case.

The lawyers will remain as counsel until the court can appoint a new attorney.

WBOC reports that this will mean a delay in the trial.

Bundick was indicted back in August on one count of arson and one count of conspiracy.

Her fiancé Charles Smith faces 67 counts of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson.

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12:06 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Attorney Denied Removal From Virginia Arson Case

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A judge has denied a request by an attorney to quit representing a woman accused of setting a string of abandoned structure fires on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

WAVY-TV reports Accomack County Circuit Judge Glen Tyler on Tuesday denied motions by attorney Shannon Dunham to remove herself from the case and to have the trial pushed to a later date.

Tonya Bundick of Parksley was indicted in August on one count of arson and one count of conspiracy. Her trial, set for Nov. 6, was previously moved to Virginia Beach.

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9:17 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Accomack County Arson Case Moved to Virginia Beach

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The arson trial of 40 year-old Tonya Bundick has been moved from Accomack County to Virginia Beach.

Substitute Judge Glen Tyler said that he had never seen an Eastern Shore Case receive such publicity and noted that county’s community of firefighters and police officers would probably make jury selection a problem.

In addition, Judge Tyler noted that the charges faced by Bundick’s fiancé 39 year-old Charles Smith could have an impact on potential jurors.

He noted that Smith had been charged with 67 arson counts and one conspiracy count.

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9:12 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Tonya Bundick Out on Bail in Accomack County Arson Case

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Tonya Bundick who has been accused of participating in a series of around 77 arsons in Accomack County is out on $30-thousand bail.

The 39-year old cannot leave either Accomack or Northampton counties except when medically necessary.

The Salisbury Daily Times A grand jury indicted her on one count of arson and one count of conspiracy.

Her fiancé 40-year old Charles Smith is in jail on 67 counts of arson and one count of conspiracy.

The series of arson began in November of 2012 and ended in the spring of this year.

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9:08 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Suspects Indicted in Virginia Arsons

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - Two people suspected of setting a string of fires on Virginia's Eastern Shore have been indicted on arson and conspiracy charges.

Forty-year-old Charles Smith III faces 67 arson counts and one conspiracy count. Thirty-eight-year-old Tonya Bundick is charged with one arson count and one conspiracy count.

Accomack County Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Agar tells media outlets that a grand jury issued the indictments on Monday.

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11:47 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Possible Motive in Accomack County Arsons

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The search warrants in the case of some 70 arsons in Accomack County earlier this year appear to contain information about the motive for the fires.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that one of those charges in the string of fires 38 year old Charles Smith allegedly told investigators that he and her girlfriend 40 year old friend Tonya Bundick picked out one house because of comments made on Facebook about her.

The warrant said there was probably cause for searching two Facebook accounts belonging to Bundick.

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9:15 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Reported Confession in Virginia Eastern Shore Arson

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One of the suspects arrested in the Virginia Eastern Shore arson fires has reportedly confessed.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a checklist for bail determination says  Charles Robert Smith III confessed and has 31 previous felony convictions.

The paper says it is not clear from the document what the scope of the confession was.

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