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VA To Try March 2013 Arson In 1st Of Possible 62 Trials For Bundick

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ACCOMAC, Va. - Tonya Bundick, drenched from the pouring rain, stood up in the Accomack County Circuit courthouse again proclaiming her innocence.

Clerk Hon. Samuel Cooper asked Bundick how she would plea. Two words, she said, "not guilty."

Of 62 potential cases, the Parksley woman will next stand trial for a fire back in March of 2013. An interesting choice from the Commonwealth since the arson string started in November 2012.

"It doesn't really matter which one it was, we're happy we got one picked," said defense attorney Allan Zaleski.

Bundick is accused of feloniously and maliciously burning down a building in Keller on the night of March 3rd of last year.

47 ABC was on scene the day after the fire with the pile of remains still smoldering on the farmland. Workers didn't wish to speak at the time.

More than a year later, the property looks very different. The rubble is removed and the land is clear. The only person who has pleaded guilty to the crime: Charles Smith.

He accused his former fiancée of having a hand in the fire and his lawyer tells us Smith will "definitely testify in July."

"It's just her and him," said Zaleski. "She's not caught near the scene. [There aren't any] rags or cigarette lighters. This is just truly he says she says."

Bundick will have one more court appearance on June 10th before her trial. Her lawyer is still putting together motions, but Zaleski says he'll ask the judge to block the use of evidence in other charges.

Bundick's trial is set for July 14th.

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