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Tonya Bundick Trial Starts Monday In Virginia Beach

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Today it begins, the Parksley woman accused of dousing a handful of abandoned homes and reportedly involved in a dozen more burns, has her day in court on Monday. Tonya Bundick will only be tried on two charges, as the other 62 counts will be heard at a later date. WMDT's Kody Leibowitz reports on what we know so far, before the courtroom opens up later today.

 April 1st, the night the fires burned out, and the nearly five month massive string of fires set to abandoned building on Accomack County, finally ceased. Two people arrested and subsequently charged. A lot has changed since that night, but that day still remains important.

Over the next two days, the commonwealth of Virginia will attempt to prove that Tonya Bundick feloniously and maliciously destroyed a building in Melfa on April 1st.

Bundick's first set of attorneys moved her trial out of Accomac to Virginia Beach. Then her lawyers were removed. Her new defense, unsuccessfully tried to move the case again, and last week looked to have some evidence thrown out, that was denied.

Now, prosecution can move forward with the case, but can't use heresay, such as statements and videos from her co-conspirator and fiance Charles Smith. He pleaded guilty in October to 68 counts, admitting to starting a majority of fires.   

What remains unknown, who the commonwealth will use as key witnesses, but a source close to the investigation says to expect Smith to be questioned. Something defense attorney Allan Zaleski fully anticipates, saying without Smith, case closed.

Before the trial begins, attorneys will sift through a pool of 50 jurors from the Virginia Beach area, before bringing the number down to 12. The trial is expected to last through Tuesday.

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