ACCOMAC, Va. - A nearly four-month long investigation, with building after building burnt to the ground, ended on the night of April 1st with the arrest of Charles Smith and Tonya Bundick.
Throughout the night and into the morning hours Smith, the then-accused former Parksley volunteer firefighter spoke with Accomack County sheriff Todd Godwin and investigators about the months of fires ravaging the county.
When asked by a special agent about how he started the fires, Smith says, "with a rag."
"What made you do it?" asked Godwin.
Smith responded, "I'm not going to tell you."
Later in the interview, investigators spoke with Smith about a fire on "Metompkin Road", referring to the arson at 16731 Metompkin Road in Nelsonia on March 26th.
"Listen, I sat on that for two weeks," said Godwin.
"I felt bad after I found out whose [property] that was," Smith said.
Later on, "you never used a flashlight, how did you get in there?" asked Godwin.
"The door was open," replied Smith.
"I mean, but how did you see?" Godwin asked.
"Nothing. I was in the fire company, they told us how to fiddle around in the dark!" exclaimed Smith.
The evidence continued. on the 55 page statement of facts obtained by WMDT, lawyers broke down every charge and Smith's role, enough against him to lead to a guilty plea.
In an interview on October 31th, Smith's lawyer Carl Bundick said, "there are photographs in each of the fire structures or facilities that were burned as well as statements made by Mr Smith."
While Smith may spend more than 500 years behind bars, his fiance awaits her trial. Although Tonya Bundick is only facing one count of arson and one count conspiracy to commit arson, Smith says her involvement was much more extensive.
One account, a fire in Parksley on November 13th, where Smith alleges he dropped Bundick off as she walked through the field and set the Johnson Road home aflame.
"Are you glad that we caught you?" asked Godwin.
Smith's answer, "No, I'm not because I'm supposed to get married."
Dates for Smith's sentencing and Bundick's trial have yet to be set.
ACCOMAC, Va. - Charles Smith, the repeat arsonist, made one of his last walks from court back to his jail cell after pleading guilty to 68 counts of arson.
ACCOMACK CO., Va. - One of two people accused in the case of the Accomack County fires, has pleaded guilty.