A Parksley, Virginia couple accused of setting 77 arson fires from November 2012 through this past March made appearances in General District Court in Accomack Monday for preliminary hearings.
After hearing testimony from eight witnesses, including three Virginia State Troopers and Accomack County Sheriff Todd Godwin, the judge ruled that there was more than sufficient evidence to certify the charges against 38-year-old Charles Smith and his 40-year-old fiancé, Tonya Bundick; the judge then ruled that the case against the couple will proceed.
Smith and Bundick were arrested on April 1, as police and sheriff’s deputies witnessed them starting a fire on Airport Drive.
Currently, the couple still only faces one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson even though Smith has admitted to setting 52 of the fires and has told police Bundick set 15 of the fires.
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