Charles Smith http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Bundick Trial Begins, Has New Relationship http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bundick-trial-begins-has-new-relationship <p></p><p>Tonya Bundick’s former fiancé testified that she drove him to the scene of a March 3<sup>rd</sup> fire last year at an empty house in Keller.</p><p>On the first day of her trial on one count of arson Charles Smith III told the court yesterday that as soon as "the coast was clear", he got dropped off by Bundick, entered the house and set the attic on fire.&nbsp;</p><p>Smith has pleaded guilty to 68 counts – 67 of which are for arson in Accomack County -- in late 2012 and early 2013.</p><p>In one twist in the trial came when Smith said he still loved her.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:28:58 +0000 Don Rush 57782 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Bundick Trial Begins, Has New Relationship Arson Trial for Bundick Begins Today http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/arson-trial-bundick-begins-today <p>The trial for Tonya Bundick on one count of arson is set to get underway in a Virginia Beach courtroom today.</p><p>It’s just one out of 62 counts the 42-year old from Hopeton faces.</p><p>She has already entered an Alford plea to two counts related to a fire in April in of last year.</p><p>She is set to be sentence on those counts in September.</p><p>Her fiancé, Charles Smith III, pleaded guilty in October to 68 counts – 67 of those for arson in Accomack county in late 2012 and early 2013.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:02:04 +0000 Don Rush 57697 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Arson Trial for Bundick Begins Today Other Fires Could Be Mentioned in Bundick Arson Trial http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/other-fires-could-be-mentioned-bundick-arson-trial <p>With the opening statements in the trial of Tonya Bundick who faces one count of arson the judge told the attorneys he could not yet grant or deny a motion that would allow evidence of other fires.</p><p>The charge is being referred to by law enforcement as count 52 which refers to a fire that took place on March 3<sup>rd</sup> of last year.</p><p>That blaze destroyed a labor camp near Keller owned by Richard Hall III and was one of more than 70 arson reported in Accomack County between November of 2012 and April of last year.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:27:15 +0000 Don Rush 56166 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Other Fires Could Be Mentioned in Bundick Arson Trial Court Date Set for Bundick in Accomack Arson Case http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/court-date-set-bundick-accomack-arson-case <p>May 16<sup>th</sup> has been set as a court date for Tonya Bundick who faces 62 arson charges in connection with the blazes that struck Accomack County in late 2012 and early 2013.</p><p>She will be arraigned at 9 a.m. in Circuit Court in Accomack County.</p><p>Bundick has already entered an Alford plea to two other charges admitting there was enough evidence to convict.</p><p>Her fiancé Charles Smith has entered guilty pleas to 67 arson charges involving 68 fires.</p><p>Earlier a substitute judge denied a motion by prosecutors that the counts be tried together as part of a common plan.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 13:27:28 +0000 Don Rush 54140 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Court Date Set for Bundick in Accomack Arson Case Bundick Could Get 62 Separate Arson Trials http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bundick-could-get-62-separate-arson-trials <p>Tonya Bundick could get separate trials on 62 counts of arson.</p><p>A judge signed the order on Friday saying that the offenses are not based on the same act or transaction and therefore do not constitute a common scheme.&nbsp;</p><p>But that does not mean that there will be 62 separate trials since the prosecutors and defense attorneys have not agreed on whether any might be tried together.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:52:01 +0000 Don Rush 53369 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Bundick Could Get 62 Separate Arson Trials Arson Trial for Tonya Bundick Will Be Moved to Virginia Beach http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/arson-trial-tonya-bundick-will-be-moved-virginia-beach <p>Tonya Bundick will get a change of venue for her trial on 62 counts of arson for a series of blazes that struck Accomack County in late 2012 and early 2013.</p><p>If she goes to trial the judge said her case would be moved to Virginia Beach.</p><p>But the judge did not make a decision on Bundick’s request for separate trials on each of the 62 counts.</p><p>The judge said that he wanted to reread testimony by her fiance' Charles Smith, a co-defendant during her last trial.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:58:04 +0000 Don Rush 52409 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Arson Trial for Tonya Bundick Will Be Moved to Virginia Beach Tonya Bundick Trial Delayed http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/tonya-bundick-trial-delayed <p>The April 10<sup>th</sup> trial date for accused arsonist Tonya Bundick has been continued.</p><p>She waived her right to a speedy trial on 62 counts of arson.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports a date has Not been set.</p><p>She did enter an Alford plea in January on two other counts related to an April 1<sup>st</sup> arson in 2013 in Melfa which means she did not admit guilt but accepted there was enough evidence to convict.</p><p>That was the last of the arsons in a string of more than 70 in Accomack County.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:10:59 +0000 Don Rush 49681 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Tonya Bundick Trial Delayed Tonya Bundick Pleads Guilty in Accomack Arson Trial http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/tonya-bundick-pleads-guilty-accomack-arson-trial <p>Tonya Bundick entered an Alfred guilty plea to one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit dramatically ending her two day trial.</p><p>The plea means that she recognizes there is enough evidence for a conviction.</p><p>She could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to a $5-thousand.</p><p>Bundick has also been indicted on 64 counts of arson.</p><p>Her fiancé Charles Smith has pleaded guilty to over 60 counts of arson for the fires set in abandoned buildings in Accomack County in late 2012 and early 2013.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:09:40 +0000 Don Rush 47680 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Tonya Bundick Pleads Guilty in Accomack Arson Trial Bundick's Fiance' Testifies at Arson Trial http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bundicks-fiance-testifies-arson-trial <p>The first trial of Tonya Bundick in the series of arsons at abandon buildings in Accomack County got underway in Virginia Beach yesterday.</p><p>her fiancé Charles Smith told the jury in the afternoon that after his unsuccessful attempt to set the first blaze Bundick started the fire herself.</p><p>Smith told the court there was no plan or scheme to set the fires.</p><p>There were around 70 fires in all between late 2012 and early 2013.</p><p>Bundick faces one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson in this trial.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:35:55 +0000 Don Rush 47654 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Bundick's Fiance' Testifies at Arson Trial Bundick Arson Trial To Begin This Week http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bundick-arson-trial-begin-week <p>A two day trial is set to begin today for Tonya Bundick who faces two counts involving arson for the fires set at abandoned buildings in Accomack County in late 2012 and early 2013.</p><p>In addition, Bundick will also face another 64 counts at a second trial.</p><p>Her fiancé Charles Smith has already pleaded guilty to 67 arson charges and potentially faces 500 years in prison.</p><p>Smith says in a videotaped confession to police that he set the fires for Bundick because he was in love with her.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:27:45 +0000 Don Rush 47591 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Bundick Arson Trial To Begin This Week New Details From Indictment in Accomack County Arsons http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-details-indictment-accomack-county-arsons <p>There are new details about the fires among the 62 new arson charges handed down by a grand jury against Tonya Bundick in Accomack County.</p><p>The indictment said she played a role in setting the very first fire on November 12<sup>th</sup> in Parksley.</p><p>WBOC reports that other fires included the blaze at the Leatherbury United Methodist Church and the Whispering Pines Motel.</p><p>During an interrogation by police her fiancé Charles Smith said that the fires were originally Bundick’s idea.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:14:23 +0000 Don Rush 45761 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Details From Indictment in Accomack County Arsons 62 More Arson Counts Against Tonya Bundick in Accomack County Fires http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/62-more-arson-counts-against-tonya-bundick-accomack-county-fires <p>ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A woman accused of setting fires to abandoned structures on Virginia's Eastern Shore is facing new arson charges.</p><p>Media outlets report that an Accomack County grand jury indicted Tonya Bundick of Parksley on 62 arson counts on Monday.</p><p>Bundick was indicted earlier this year on one arson count and one conspiracy count.</p><p>Her boyfriend, former volunteer firefighter Charles Smith III, pleaded guilty in October to 67 arson counts and one conspiracy count.</p><p>The charges stem from a string of fires in 2012 and 2013.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:56:47 +0000 Don Rush 45644 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net 62 More Arson Counts Against Tonya Bundick in Accomack County Fires Tonya Bundick Wants Arson Trial Moved Again http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/tonya-bundick-wants-arson-trial-moved-again <p>ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A woman accused of setting a string of abandoned structure fires on Virginia's Eastern Shore wants the location of her trial moved a second time.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1flTVaG">WAVY-TV</a> reports Tonya Bundick's new attorney asked Wednesday that her trial take place in Emporia in Greensville County, citing heavy media coverage in Hampton Roads.</p><p>A judge earlier granted her first attorney a change-of-venue request from Accomack County to Virginia Beach. That attorney then quit representing her.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:03:18 +0000 Don Rush 45063 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Tonya Bundick Wants Arson Trial Moved Again Charles Smith: Set Accomack County Fires for Love http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/charles-smith-set-accomack-county-fires-love <p>Charles Smith says he set the fires in a series of arsons in Accomack County from November of last year to April of this year out of love for his fiancé.</p><p>Smith and Tonya Bundick were arrested April 2<sup>nd</sup> .</p><p>Since then Smith has pleaded guilty to 67 arson counts and one count of conspiracy to commit arson.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 18:36:53 +0000 Don Rush 44290 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Charles Smith: Set Accomack County Fires for Love Charles Smith Pleads Guilty in Accomack Arson Fires http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/charles-smith-pleads-guilty-accomack-arson-fires <p>ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - A former volunteer firefighter charged in a string of arsons on the Eastern Shore has pleaded guilty to 68 counts.</p><p>Media outlets report that 40-year-old Charles Smith III pleaded guilty to 67 counts of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson Thursday morning in Accomack County Circuit Court. He will be sentenced in December.</p><p>Smith and his fiancé, Tonya Bundick, were accused of setting fire to abandoned structures between November 2012 and April of this year. They were arrested April 2.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:53:35 +0000 Don Rush 43896 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Charles Smith Pleads Guilty in Accomack Arson Fires Tonya Bundick Attorneys to Withdraw from Arson Case http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/tonya-bundick-attorneys-withdraw-arson-case <p>The judge in the trial of Tonya Bundick charged in connection with the string of arson fires in Accomack County earlier this year has allowed her attorneys to withdraw from the case.</p><p>The lawyers will remain as counsel until the court can appoint a new attorney.</p><p>WBOC reports that this will mean a delay in the trial.</p><p>Bundick was indicted back in August on one count of arson and one count of conspiracy.</p><p>Her fiancé Charles Smith faces 67 counts of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:01:25 +0000 Don Rush 43804 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Tonya Bundick Attorneys to Withdraw from Arson Case Accomack County Arson Case Moved to Virginia Beach http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/accomack-county-arson-case-moved-virginia-beach <p>The arson trial of 40 year-old Tonya Bundick has been moved from Accomack County to Virginia Beach.</p><p>Substitute Judge Glen Tyler said that he had never seen an Eastern Shore Case receive such publicity and noted that county&rsquo;s community of firefighters and police officers would probably make jury selection a problem.</p><p>In addition, Judge Tyler noted that the charges faced by Bundick&rsquo;s fiancé 39 year-old Charles Smith could have an impact on potential jurors.</p><p>He noted that Smith had been charged with 67 arson counts and one conspiracy count.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:17:12 +0000 Don Rush 42223 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Accomack County Arson Case Moved to Virginia Beach Tonya Bundick Out on Bail in Accomack County Arson Case http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/tonya-bundick-out-bail-accomack-county-arson-case <p>Tonya Bundick who has been accused of participating in a series of around 77 arsons in Accomack County is out on $30-thousand bail.</p><p>The 39-year old cannot leave either Accomack or Northampton counties except when medically necessary.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times A grand jury indicted her on one count of arson and one count of conspiracy.</p><p>Her fiancé 40-year old Charles Smith is in jail on 67 counts of arson and one count of conspiracy.</p><p>The series of arson began in November of 2012 and ended in the spring of this year.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:12:26 +0000 Don Rush 41718 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Tonya Bundick Out on Bail in Accomack County Arson Case Charles Smith Pleads Not Guilty in Accomack County Arsons http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/charles-smith-pleads-not-guilty-accomack-county-arsons <p>Not Guilty.</p><p>That’s the plea entered by 38-year old Charles Smith III in an Accomack County Court this week after being charged with 67 counts of arson in the string of fires that struck the county beginning last November and ending earlier this year.</p><p>He is also facing one count of conspiracy to commit arson along with the second suspect 40-year old Tonya Bundick who is also facing one count of arson.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:19:43 +0000 Don Rush 41358 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Charles Smith Pleads Not Guilty in Accomack County Arsons Suspects Indicted in Virginia Arsons http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/suspects-indicted-virginia-arsons <p></p><p>ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - Two people suspected of setting a string of fires on Virginia's Eastern Shore have been indicted on arson and conspiracy charges.</p><p>Forty-year-old Charles Smith III faces 67 arson counts and one conspiracy count. Thirty-eight-year-old Tonya Bundick is charged with one arson count and one conspiracy count.</p><p>Accomack County Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Agar tells media outlets that a grand jury issued the indictments on Monday.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:08:59 +0000 Don Rush 38935 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Suspects Indicted in Virginia Arsons Possible Motive in Accomack County Arsons http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/possible-motive-accomack-county-arsons <p>The search warrants in the case of some 70 arsons in Accomack County earlier this year appear to contain information about the motive for the fires.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that one of those charges in the string of fires 38 year old Charles Smith allegedly told investigators that he and her girlfriend 40 year old friend Tonya Bundick picked out one house because of comments made on Facebook about her.</p><p>The warrant said there was probably cause for searching two Facebook accounts belonging to Bundick.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:47:44 +0000 Don Rush 36053 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Possible Motive in Accomack County Arsons