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Accused Arsonist On Arrest: "This Place Is A Set-Up"

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ACCOMAC, Va. - In white prison jumpsuits and hands shackled, accused arsonists Tonya Bundick and Charles Smith made their way from the Accomack County jail to General District Court moving steps closer to trial.

The prosecution brought eight witnesses to the preliminary hearing, including Virginia State troopers and special agents, Accomack County Sheriff Godwin and one of his deputies and Claude Henry, the home owner of the Airport Drive home, which Smith allegedly set ablaze on April 1st.

Troopers, who were watching the address they call "Site 6" say they were in the woods about 40-50 yards from the house, using night-vision goggles and radios to attempt to see if their would be a fire at the location. Then, after seeing a man run up to the property and set fire to 19322 Airport Road in Melfa, authorities allegedly ran after the man.

Troopers say the suspect got back into the passenger seat of the mini-van, where it stopped at a red light at Route 13. According to testimony by several witnesses, an Accomack County Sheriff's deputy and another a Virginia State trooper reportedly pulled the mini-van over in the middle of Route 13.

As the deputy pulled up, a man, who witnesses identified as Smith, reportedly stepped out of the vehicle with his hands in the air. The same witnesses also say Tonya Bundick was the driver of the mini-van.

During his testimony, Sheriff Godwin told judge Gordon Vincent that after he arrived on scene, the suspects were already in handcuffs.

The Sheriff said it was not long after when Smith turned to him and said, "Todd [Godwin], I'm sorry, but I didn't light them all."

Once Smith was transported to the Sheriff's Office, that's when Godwin says the suspect really opened up. The transcribed interview filled 10 pages, during which Smith allegedly said to Sheriff, " Trust me, I'm embarrassed....I wish I was back on drugs, so I would have an excuse."

Smith was reportedly also very candid about the couple's actions at the Airport Road location.

"I told her this place is a set up. There are too many cars. It was a dead giveaway. She's a lot smarter than me and she said it wasn't a lot of cars.

"But I've never seen that many cars."

Both Bundick and Smith each face one count felony arson and one count conspiracy to commit arson.

At this time, a trial date for both suspects has not been set.

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