Arson suspect Tonya Bundick back in court

ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – Arson suspect Tonya Bundick was back in court Thursday morning. She’s set to stand trial later this year for 62 fires investigators say she set on the Eastern Shore.

The hearing Thursday was a motions hearing. The Accomack County circuit court clerk told WAVY.com Bundick filed two motions: the first, for a change of venue; the second, for 62 different trials — one for every fire she is accused of setting.

The judge said he would delay his opinion on the motion to try each fire separately until after he read testimony from Charles Smith’s trial and Bundick’s testimony from her own trial in Virginia Beach. He will also go over the stipulation of facts.

A date of when to expect a decision is unknown at this time.

Another motion for Bundick to be presentable for her trial – to style her hair and apply makeup – was granted by the judge.

Bundick already tried to change her venue earlier this year at a different arson trial, but a judge denied her request.  That was after the trial was moved out of Accomack County to Virginia Beach per Bundick’s request.

Last time she was in court, Bundick’s lawyer played WAVY News’ reports. He claimed because of extensive media coverage of the arsons, anyone who might sit on a jury in Virginia Beach would already be prejudiced against her.

“A lot of the video that was broadcast centered on me, more so than him. That he was guilty, that I was the one that started the fires, basically that type,” Bundick testified.

A judge denied her request.

Bundick refers to her former fiance, Charles Smith III, in her testimony. He already pleaded guilty to 68 arson charges and testified against her in her last trial.

Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.

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