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Accomack Arson Trial Begins In Virginia Beach

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The second trial against convicted arsonist Tonya Bundick began Monday in Virginia Beach. 47 ABC's Kody Leibowitz was in the courtroom all day, and tells us about a key witness testimony.

As expected, Charles Smith testifies in front of the jury for a second time against his former fiancé. What he describes, a love he won't let go and a marriage that almost was while in jail. Tonya Bundick is only facing one charge in this trial, but similar emotional testimonies as her last case in January.

On Monday, Former fiance Charles Smith tells the court he set the March 2013 fire in Keller, Virginia, but that Bundick played an equal part. He claims she drove him there, and that she was the one who planned, not just this fire, but all of them. He told the Commonwealth that he and Bundick had plans to get married in jail, to avoid having to testify, going so far as to write vows.

The defense then questioned the man who pleaded guilty to 68 counts. Smith admitted to testifying to help lower his sentence, and said he still loves Bundick, saying it would hurt too much to see her with another man.

The defense took over witnesses with Reverend Frank Dickerson taking the stand, as a friend of Bundick's to talk on her character in the community, but it turned into something more. He admitted to being her boyfriend, saying it's not in her nature to commit an arson.

Bundick is expected to testify tomorrow. She faces one felony arson charge, and beyond this case, 61 other arson related charges in connection to the four-month arson spree in Accomack County dating back to November 2012.

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