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New Details In Accomack Arson Case, Suspect Appears In Court

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ACCOMACK Co., Va - She's accused of being involved in the setting a majority of the 77 fires on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, but nothing but "no comment" came from the mouth of 40-year-old Tonya Bundick as police walked her to district court Wednesday afternoon.

Inside the courtroom - hands and ankles cuffed, hair tied back, head low and turned away from the crowd, she approached the judge similarly soft-spoken. Judge Gordon Vincent granted Bundick a public defender, but he took no plea deal and did not set a bond. 

All this, just one day after Bundick and fiance 38-year-old Charles Smith were arrested and each charged with one felony count of arson and one felony count of conspiracy to commit arson.

WMDT took a look at court documents that reveal exactly what happened the night of the arrest. The documents say surveillance units actually observed a car drop somebody off at a an abandoned house on the 19,300 block of Airport Drive in Melfa, Va. That person then reportedly set the house on fire. The vehicle came back, picked them up and took off down the road. That's when police stopped them at the intersection of Airport Drive and Route 13 and made an arrest.

Though the details are vague documents also reveal the passenger of the car confessed to their involvement in the string of arsons. We called Virginia State Police to get some clarification, but they remain tight lipped.

"We're shifting now to the analysis of the evidence collected, the interviews conducted, and really now pulling together some 1,200 leads and piecing this together," VSP Public Information Officer Corinne Geller said.

Reports from the Associated Press show Charles Smith is the one who confessed to setting at least the fire on Monday, however state police would not support those statements.

Since Smith reportedly hired an attorney, his hearing has been postponed until May. Bundick is set to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on May 6, but that date is still tentative.

Both suspects are being held at the Accomack County Jail without the possibility to post bond. 

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