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Court Docs/Police Video Reveal Arson Motives


ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. - Hours of police interrogation video and dozens of court documents shed some light on the reasons and motives behind the string of arson fires in Accomack County.

Charles Smith spoke to police for over four hours after his arrest in April in connection to the arson fires.  He did not hold back details inside the interrogation room.

"I'm just going to tell you everything." Smith said.  Police responded, "Tell us man.  Now is the time to come clean, get it off your chest."  "She set those," Smith said.  "These first ones?" police asked.  "Yeah," replied Smith.

Smith blames Tonya Bundick for the first few fires back in November.  In court documents, Smith tells police he takes over the job of setting the majority of the fires after a close call with police.  And while he was involved, Smith tells police the arson spree was not originally his idea.  He says Bundick wanted to burn the first building and he says in the video that he believes it was to blow off steam after troubles at home.  He says he got involved to protect his finance.

"And more than likely, she is going to pin this all on me and I'm fine with that," Smith told police in the interrogation video.

The interrogation goes on for hours and Charles Smith gets into detail about how he started a majority of the fires.  The largest, the Whispering Pines motel, was set by Smith who set fire to chairs and about 40 to 50 mattresses.  He told police, "I always wanted to see the Whispering Pines burn."  He also told police about his and Bundick's involvement in each fire and which ones they were not responsible for.

The judge is hoping for a sentencing date for Smith sometime in December but there is still no trial date set, yet, for his finance, Tonya Bundick.

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