ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - A rash of arsons on Virginia's Eastern Shore got a lot of media attention. Because of that, one of the suspects asked to have her case heard outside of Accomack County. Tuesday, she got her wish.
Tonya Bundick's lawyer brought in newspaper clippings to Tuesday's hearing in Accomack County Circuit Court to show just how much media coverage there has been. The first fire was set in mid-November 2012. Bundick and her fiance, Charles Smith III, were arrested April 2, 2013.
Judge Glen Tyler granted a change of venue for Bundick. Her trial will now take place in Virginia Beach, although a date has not been set. Tyler did not say why he picked a Hampton Roads city as the place for the trial.
Tyler did say there isn't a person in Accomack County who hasn't heard of this case. Tyler said everyone from firefighters, law enforcement, people who lost property and their families have all felt the impact.
Tyler also mentioned Bundick's charges. She was indicted on two counts: arson and conspiracy to commit arson, while her fiance, Charles Smith III, was indicted on 68 counts: 67 arson and 1 conspiracy to commit arson. The judge acknowledged jurors might not be able to separate the two people when hearing the case.
Bundick bonded out of jail in September.
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