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Bundick Denied Bail, Psych Evaluation Ordered

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ACCOMAC, Va. - For the second time in less than a month, a judge denies bail to the woman accused in the Accomack County arsons case.

Tonya Bundick, in a white jumpsuit, walked back to her jail cell at the Accomack County Sheriff's Department with her head low and her hands cuffed.

Bundick's defense attorney, Shannon Dunham, asked a Circuit Court judge to allow her client bail so she can "take care of her 13-year-old son," who, Dunham says, has medical issues. She said Bundick would wear an electronic monitoring device and her friend Robin Huttner would see to it that the 40-year-old would not miss a court date.

Though he did not appear in court, prosecution says it will use Charles Smith's statement made on April 1st to Virginia State Police during search warrants. In documents obtained by WMDT, Smith says Bundick set 15 fires herself, on top of the 52 fires he admits to lighting.

But circuit court judge Hon. Glen Tyler denied bail to Bundick.

"In light of [the Commonwealth of Virginia charging Tonya Bundick with over 70 arsons in the near future], she will likely be a danger for the public and a likely flight risk," said Tyler. "Bail is denied."

Bundick's lawyer said that her client will undergo a psychological evaluation by May 17th to see if she's capable of standing trial.

The two suspects are currently charged with one count of felony arson and one count of conspiracy. A preliminary hearing for both suspects is scheduled for June 17th.

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