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2 Linked to Accomack Co. Arsons Competent for Trial

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

ACCOMAC, Va. (AP/WBOC)- Two people suspected of setting a string of fires in Accomack County have been found competent to stand trial.

The conclusion followed a court-ordered psychological evaluation of 38-year-old Charles R. Smith III and his girlfriend, 40-year-old Tonya S. Bundick.

Police have said the Parksley couple is responsible for most of the 77 arsons in Accomack County since mid-November. They were arrested April 2.

The psychological evaluations of Smith and Bundick found that both defendants suffer from depression.

The evaluations reveal that Bundick was subjected to verbal and emotional abuse at home as a child and physically abused by her father.

The evaluation of Smith notes that he was abandoned by his biological father.

The couple, who are engaged, had sought to keep sealed the reports, but General District Judge Gordon Vincent denied the motion on Wednesday.
 
Each has been charged with one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson in connection with a fire at an abandoned structure in Melfa. More charges are expected.
 
According to court documents, Smith told investigators he torched 52 unoccupied buildings and Bundick set fire to 15.

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