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Tonya Bundick Faces More Arson Charges

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ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. - A grand jury in Accomack County on Monday handed down indictments against Tonya Bundick, one of two people arrested for their connection to the string of arson fires in the county.  Bundick now faces 62 counts of arson. She previously faced just one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson.

The new charges come a few weeks after the interrogation video of Charles Smith was released.  Smith, Bundick's fiance, gave police in depth details the night he was caught into the actions of he and Bundick.  During an interrogation that lasted over four hours, Smith told police that he set 52 fires and that Bundick set 15.  He also detailed who was driving the car to each fire scene - telling police he only went alone on a few occasions.

Smith also told police the night that he was arrested about the motivation behind the crimes and just how close police came one night to catching Bundick in the act.

Smith went on to say that he and Bundick discussed what to do if and when they were apprehended.  "I asked her if this ever goes down to put it all on me," Smith told police in the early morning hours of April 1st of this year.

Last month, Smith pleaded guilty to 67 counts of arson and now awaits a sentencing date.  Bundick's next court date has yet to be set for her 62 counts of arson.  However, she and her attorney will appear in court later this month asking for a second change of venue for her case.  A judge previously ruled to move the trial to Virginia Beach, but because of the media coverage in that area of Virginia, Bundick and her representation believe a new location will give her the best chance for an unbiased jury.

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