Eastern Shore arson suspect granted 62 trials, will be arraigned Friday

Eastern Shore arson suspect granted 62 trials, will be arraigned Friday

Eastern Shore arson suspect granted 62 trials, will be arraigned Friday

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by 13News Now/Associated Press

WVEC.com

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Updated Monday, May 12 at 4:00 PM

UPDATE 5/12: Tonya Bundick will be arraigned on Friday, May 16 at 9:30 a.m. in Accomack.

A jury trial is scheduled for July 14 in Virginia Beach.
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ACCOMACK COUNTY -- An Accomack County judge has rejected prosecutors' request to hold a single trial for a woman facing 62 arson charges.
 
Circuit Court Judge Glen A. Tyler says in his order that the charges against Tonya Bundick aren't based on the same act or transaction, and there's no common scheme or plan.
 
Prosecutors had asked Tyler to join all 62 counts in a single trial. Bundick had requested separate trials on each count.

Read court ruling here

Bundick is accused of setting dozens of fires on the Eastern Shore last year.  She was initially charged with setting one fire in Accomack County but was later indicted on 64 total charges.

Bundick entered an Alford plea in Virginia Beach in January on charges of arson and conspiracy in connection with an April 2013 fire in Melfa.

That's a plea in which a defendant acknowledges there was sufficient evidence for conviction but does not admit guilt.

Bundick's boyfriend, Charles Smith III, pleaded guilty in October to 67 arson counts and one count of conspiracy.

Investigators allege the couple is responsible for most of the 77 arsons on the Eastern Shore from November 2012 to April, when they were arrested.

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