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Va. Arson Suspect Again Denied Bond

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Tonya S. Bundick Tonya S. Bundick
Charles R. Smith III Charles R. Smith III

ACCOMAC, Va.- One of the two suspects charged in connection with a serial arson spree in Accomack County was denied bond during a hearing.

Forty-year-old Tonya S. Bundick of Parksley had appealed a judge's decision to deny her bond after her arrest early last month. On Monday morning, she appeared in Accomack County Circuit Court where a judge denied her bond once again. The judge said his reasons for denying Bundick bond was because she poses a danger to the community and is a potential flight risk.

Bundick and her boyfriend, 38-year-old Charles R. Smith III, also of Parksley, are accused in a string of arsons that occurred in Accomack County. Investigators said 77 arsons have been recorded in the county between Nov. 12 and April 1.

According to court documents, Smith has admitted to setting 52 fires and Bundick set 15. To date, both have been charged with setting one fire. However, more charges are expected to be forthcoming.

Monday should have been the start of preliminary hearings for Smith and Bundick. But that has been pushed back to June because their attorneys asked that each of them have a psychological evaluation.

Under Virginia law, arson to an unoccupied building is considered a Class 4 felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison or a $100,000 fine or both.

Smith and Bundick are both being held without bail in the Accomack County Jail.  Each are due back in court for their preliminary hearings on June 17th.

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