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Va. Eastern Shore Arson Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

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

ACCOMAC, Va.- The man accused of setting a majority of the fires in an arson spree that occurred on Virginia's Eastern Shore has pleaded not guilty.

Thirty-eight-year-old Charles R. Smith III appeared in Accomack County court Monday where he, along with his plea, requested a bench trial. Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Gary Agar said Smith is next due in court on Dec. 16.

Smith is facing 67 counts of arson and one conspiracy to commit arson. Agar also said 40-year-old Tonya S. Bundick - the second suspect arrested in connection to the arson spree- is set to appear in front of a jury on Nov. 6. Bundick faces one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson.

Police have said the Parksley couple is responsible for the majority of the 77 arsons on the Eastern Shore since last fall. They were arrested April 2 following a fire at an abandoned structure in Melfa.

According to court documents, Smith told investigators he torched 52 unoccupied buildings and Bundick set fire to 15.

Smith and Bundick remain locked up in the Accomack County Jail.

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