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Trial of Va. Eastern Shore arson suspect moved

Wednesday - 10/2/2013, 4:20am  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- The trial of a woman suspected of setting a string of fires on Virginia's Eastern Shore has been moved to Virginia Beach.

Accomack County Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Agar says a request by Tonya Bundick's lawyer for a venue change was approved.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/19keFah) reports the request cited media coverage of the fires that occurred starting last fall in abandoned structures.

The 39-year-old Parksley resident was indicted in August on one count of arson and one count of conspiracy.

Her fiance, 40-year-old Charles Smith III, faces 67 arson counts and one conspiracy count. He remains held without bond in the Accomack County Jail. Smith is a former volunteer firefighter.

In court documents, Smith told investigators he torched 52 unoccupied buildings and Bundick set fire to 15.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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