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Testimony Reveals Details of Smith/Bundick Arrests

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ACCOMAC, Va.- Detailed testimony Monday in Accomack County General District Court revealed more information into the arrests of serial arson suspects Tonya S. Bundick and Charles R. Smith III, as well as insight into the statements they made to police following their arrests.

Police have said the Parksley couple is responsible for most of the 77 arsons on the Eastern Shore since last fall. They were arrested April 2. Both Smith and Bundick had their preliminary hearing Monday to determine if there was enough evidence to proceed with the case against them. So far, each of them face one charge of arson and one charge of conspiracy to commit arson.

The Commonwealth of Virginia called eight people to the witness stand Monday.  Two state troopers testified they were on surveillance the night of April 1, 2013, on Airport Drive in Melfa. They both testified that they saw a minivan drop off a man who darted to the back of the building on the property.  After lighting the building, the man ran back to Airport Drive where he was picked up by the minivan.

A third state trooper and a member of the Accomack County Sheriff's office pulled over the minivan once it reached Airport Drive and Route 13. Both stated that Smith was in the passenger seat and Tonya Bundick was the driver. Smith and Bundick were placed under arrest.

Accomack County Sheriff Todd Godwin testified Monday he arrived at the scene of the arrest shortly after the traffic stop. The sheriff said in court that he approached Smith who said to the sheriff, "Todd, I'm sorry, but I didn't light them all."

From there, two special agents in the Virginia State Police, who interviewed Smith and Bundick after their arrests, took the witness stand.  The first testified that Bundick told him that she did not know what Smith had intended when she dropped him off on Airport Drive. The second special agent spoke with Smith. The special agent said he read Smith his Miranda Rights and Smith waived them and agreed to talk to police. The agent said Smith told he and the Accomack County sheriff that quote, "I knew we were busted before we did it."

The judge ruled the evidence presented in court Monday was enough to certify the charges against Smith and Bundick and proceed with the cases against them.

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