Accomack County Arsonists Deemed Competent For Trial | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Accomack County Arsonists Deemed Competent For Trial

Play associated audio
Tonya Bundick, pictured, and fiance Charles Smith III are being charged in connection with several of the arsons.
NBC Washington
Tonya Bundick, pictured, and fiance Charles Smith III are being charged in connection with several of the arsons.

Charles R. Smith and Tonya Bundick have been charged with setting more than 77 arson fires in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

A psychological evaluation ordered by the court, found that while the two are severely depressed, they are not clinically insane and are therefore mentally stable enough to stand before a judge and jury.

The couple admitted to and are charged with setting almost all of the 77 arson fires set in Accomack County over a five month period earlier this year. They were arrested on April 2.

Both have been denied numerous requests for bond and are both being held in separate cells in the Accomack County jail.

Attorneys for the couple had hoped to have the evaluations sealed by the court system, but the judge denied the request.

NPR

Comedian George Carlin Is National Portrait Gallery's Newest Face

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Kelly Carlin, the daughter of the late comedian George Carlin, about the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's unveiling of her father's portrait Friday.
NPR

Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill Friday. It funds water infrastructure improvements like flood control and aid for farmworkers.
NPR

Nigerian President Faces Tough Reelection Campaign

Nigerians head to the polls Saturday to vote for their new president. The incumbent Goodluck Jonathan faces former military leader, Muhammadu Buhari, who says he's tough on security and corruption.
NPR

App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.