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No Bail Posted, Accused Arsonist Still Behind Bars

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ACCOMAC, Va. - A thirty thousand dollar bond is set for Tonya Bundick, the woman accused by her alleged partner-in-crime Charles Smith of setting 15 fires.

She's only been indicted on two counts, those stemming from her alleged involvement for an April 1st arson in Melfa, the same night as her arrest. She's free to leave if she pays $3,000, that's 10 percent of her bail.

But according to bondsman Michael Allen, she hasn't placed a call from the sheriff's office to his business next door.
     
"To date we have not heard from anyone on her team," Allen said.

The owner of Eastern Shore Bail Bonds says he receives about ninety percent of the calls for arrests in Accomack County.

"We'd take a look at it, we'd take a very good look at it," said Allen. "We'd have her cosigner come in and fill out an application. I wouldn't want to treat this any differently then any of our other clients.  They would go through the same process."

As Bundick awaits bail, her fiance Smith sits in jail awaiting the next step in his case. According to court documents, he's admitted to "personally setting 52 fires" and charged with 68 counts of arson, including the March 12th arson of a local landmark, the Whispering Pines motel.

Charlie Russell, who's grandfather owned the hotel up until the 1970s, says "there's a lot of memories" that went through his head the morning after the fire.

"It was sad to see it go on those terms," Russell says.

Months later, Russell says justice will be served and "in the end, I think these people will be convicted and will be punished accordingly."

If she's released, Bundick would have to submit to drug and alcohol screening and testing, refrain from the use of illegal drugs, make bail by a professional bondsman only and cannot leave Accomack County and Northampton counties.

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