Jury selection underway in Bundick arson trial in Va. Beach

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 6:19 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 6:45 PM

Noon UPDATE: The judge brought in 26 potential jurors, half of them said they'd already heard about the case. Each person is being interviewed individually to make sure he or she can serve fairly.

VIRGINIA BEACH-Jury selection is underway in Va. Beach for the woman accused of setting dozens of fires on the Eastern Shore last year.

Tonya Bundick's trial was moved to the resort city because the judge said it would be too difficult to find a fair jury since almost everyone in the county was affected by the fires.

She was initially charged with setting one fire in Accomack County but later she was indicted on 60 more charges.

Her 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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