Bond Denied for Male Suspect in Accomack Co. Arsons
Charles R. Smith III
Tonya S. Bundick
ACCOMAC, Va. (WBOC/AP)- Bond has been denied for one of the two suspects arrested for a string of arsons that occurred in Accomack County over a four-month period.
Charles R. Smith III, 38, of Parksley, appeared in Accomack County District Court on Wednesday. His preliminary hearing is set for May 6. He remains locked up in the county jail.
Smith's girlfriend, 40-year-old Tonya S. Bundick, also of Parksley, is also charged in connection with the arsons, but has not yet appeared for her bond hearing.
Virginia State Police say Smith and Bundick, who were arrested April 2, are responsible most of the 77 fires that occurred in Accomack County since mid-November. Nobody was injured in the fires, which largely occurred at abandoned or vacant properties.
Court documents show Smith has admitted to setting 52 of the fires. And according to a search warrant that was released Wednesday, Smith told authorities Bundick set 15 abandoned structures on fire. Smith said the couple used a white Dodge Avenger that belonged to Bundick when setting fires.
On Tuesday, police confiscated clothing and papers from Bundick's vehicle.
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