ACCOMAC, Va. - November 6th once stood as Tonya Bundick's day to attempt to prove her innocence to a jury of her peers.
Now, nearly a year since the first reported arson in Accomack County, it is just another day on the calendar. Accomack County circuit court judge Glen Tyler ruled Tuesday that Bundick's lawyers to be too conflicted to take the case after the defense team put forth a motion to withdraw.
Tyler made the decision exactly one week from when the first motion brought forward by Shannon Dunham was rejected. Her husband and legal partner Garrett Dunham, who was appointed co-counsel last week, made the plea.
He pointed to a Virginia State Bar Guideline on a conflict of interest rule, Rule 1.7 (a) (2) from the Rules of Professional Conduct, which states "there is significant risk that the representation of one or more clients will be materially limited by the lawyer's responsibilities to another client, a former client or a third person or by a personal interest of the lawyer."
Shannon Dunham told WMDT that the motion had "nothing to do with any problems" with Bundick.
"Sometimes we have ethical conflicts that arise and our rules that govern attorneys require us to withdrawal from cases and that's what happened," says Dunham.
The woman accused for her alleged role in the arson string that plagued Accomack County for months on end will await the next phase of her case.
Judge Tyler said in court that he is now starting the process of looking for a new lawyer for Bundick. There is no word on a timeline to find her a new lawyer or when she will be tried.