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Eastern Shore Arson Suspects Found Competent For Trial

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - Two people suspected in setting a string of fires on Virginia's Eastern Shore have been found competent to stand trial.

The conclusion followed a court-ordered psychological evaluation of Charles R. Smith II and Tonya Bundick.

Police have said the couple is responsible for most of the 77 arsons on the Easter Shore since last fall. They were arrested April 2.

The Daily Times reports that the psychological evaluations of Smith and Bundick found that both defendants suffer from depression.

The evaluations reveal that Bundick was subjected to verbal and emotional abuse at home as a child and physically abused by her father.

The evaluation of Smith notes that he was abandoned by his biological father.


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