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Bail Denied for Va. Arson Suspect

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Tonya Bundick is shown in an Accomack County courtroom Wednesday morning, Dec. 11, 2013. (Photo: WBOC) Tonya Bundick is shown in an Accomack County courtroom Wednesday morning, Dec. 11, 2013. (Photo: WBOC)

ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va.- A judge has denied a request for bail from the second of two people arrested in connection with a string of arson fires that occurred in Accomack County between November 2012 and April 2013.  

Tonya Bundick, of Parksley, appeared in court Wednesday morning where the judge ruled she will remain behind bars while awaiting trial on Jan. 13 on one count of arson and another count of conspiracy to commit arson. Bundick also awaits a second trial for 62 more counts of arson she was recently indicted on by a grand jury.

The judge also denied Bundick's second request for a change of venue for the trial, which has already been moved to Virginia Beach.

The judge, however, did not make a decision on a defense request to limit the use of evidence in Bundick's two cases. A final decision on that will not come until early January.

Bundick's attorney, Allan Zaleski, said after the hearing that he was not surprised by the judge's rulings.

"I kind of understood what was going to happen and it's pretty much what we expected," said Zaleski.

Bundick's fiance, Charles R. Smith III, also of Parksley, pleaded guilty last month to 67 counts of arson in connection with the string of fires. He now awaits a sentencing date.

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