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Judge denies 2nd move of Eastern Shore arson trial

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 2:19pm  ET

ACCOMAC , Va. (AP) -- A judge has refused to again move the trial of a woman charged in a series of fires on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Tonya S. Bundick's trial was moved from Accomack County to Virginia Beach in October.

Media outlets report that Accomack County Circuit Court Judge Glen A. Tyler denied Bundick's second change of venue request on Wednesday.

The 40-year-old Bundick told the judge that portions of co-defendant Charles R. Smith III's confession aired on news stations in Hampton Roads. She said she's concerned she won't get a fair trial in Virginia Beach.

Bundick faces 63 arson counts and a conspiracy charge stemming from a string of fires in 2012 and 2012. Her trial is set for Jan. 13.

Smith has pleaded guilty to 67 arson counts and a conspiracy charge.


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