ACCOMAC, Va. - In front of a nearly full courtroom at the Accomack County General District Court, Judge Gordon Vincent rules that Tonya Bundick and Charles Smith will each stand trial for one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit the arson.
These charges come from the morning of the arrest on April 2nd, where police reportedly saw a man jumping out of a mini-van and set a fire to a building at 19322 Airport Road in Melfa.
Virginia State Troopers, who were watching the address they call "Site 6" say they were in the woods about 40-50 yards from the house and say they used night-vision goggles to see a man run up to the house and set fire to the rear side.
Authorities allegedly ran after the man, who got back into the passenger seat of the minivan. Police, who took the stand, say they witnessed the mini-van stop at a red light at Route 13. That's when an Accomack County Sheriff's deputy and another a VSP trooper reportedly pulled the mini-van over in the middle of Route 13 . As the deputy pulled up, a man, who he identified as Smith in front of the courtroom, stepped out of the vehicle with his hands in the air. The same deputy also identified Tonya Bundick as the driver.
According to testimony given by police and investigators, both Bundick and Smith were each read their Miranda rights. Afterwards, Smith allegedly confessed to his involvement in the more than four month arson spree.