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Motions Denied: Accused Arsonist Behind Bars Before Trial

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ACCOMAC, Va. - An Accomack County judge denied bond and a change of venue motion for the woman accused of dozens of arsons in Accomack County.

An unconcerned look expressed from Tonya Bundick as she made a familiar walk from court.

This time to an Accomack County sheriff's van. Her bond was denied for her latest indictment of 62 arson related charges. Her lawyer Allan Zaleski had asked for her release on a personal recognizance bond claiming his client is not a danger to her community and would remain with family before the trial.

Zaleski said the denial was "pretty much expected."
The Parksley woman took the stand in a different jumpsuit than seen earlier this year, a blue one, due to her being moved to Eastern Shore Regional Jail in Northampton County. She answered questions from both lawyers, not only on her bond motion, but also a request to change venues once again.

Bundick argued that portions of Charles Smith's interrogation video, also seen on Virginia Beach stations, would not give her a fair trial.
"[The television stations] had already accused me of 70 arsons when I was only charged with two arsons. It put an image out there that people will remember without any proof," Bundick answer to commonwealth attorney Gary Agar.

Judge Glen Tyler later denied the motion.

WMDT asked Zaleski if he would motion for another venue change again.
"No we won't, no not again. This is it," said Zaleski. "We've got a case we're trying early in the year and we're going to go at it."

Two other motions were presented in court. Alexander Chris Zaleski the son and legal partner of Allan Zaleski is now appointed as co-counsel. Also, the defense asked for a motion in limine, or to limit some evidence of the trial, which included Charles Smith's case and the Bundick's recent indictment.

A ruling on that was pushed back until January 9th so judge Tyler can hear the commonwealth's plan for the trial.

Bundick will be tried in Virginia Beach on January 13th for the original two charges stemming from the night of her arrest on April 1st.

Bundick's alleged co-conspirator may also play a role in her upcoming trial and future cases. WMDT spoke with Charles Smith's lawyer after the hearing, where we were told that there's a strong possibility Smith could be a witness during the trial.

The convicted arsonist pleaded guilty to 68 counts in October.

Sentencing has not been set yet.

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