Judge denies convicted arsonist Tonya Bundick’s request for new attorneys

Posted at 10:50 AM, Aug 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-21 17:58:00-04

An Accomack County judge denied convicted arsonist Tonya Bundick's request for new representation on Thursday.

The court received a letter from Bundick on July 28th, sent from the Eastern Shore Regional Jail.  Bundick addressed “To Whomever it Concerns” at the Accomack County Circuit Court.

Bundick wrote “I am writing to find out the proper procedure for having your Public Defender removed from your case.”

She went on to say “I don’t find the legal advice I am given to be in my best interests.”

Bundick’s attorneys are the father-son pair of Allan Zaleski and Chris Zaleski, appointed by Accomack County Circuit Court Judge Glen Tyler.

They’ve represented Bundick during both of her trials.

In July, she was found guilty by a jury on a single count of arson. Those jurors recommended a sentence of 3.5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

She still faces 61 additional counts of arson, which Judge Tyler ruled cannot be tried all together.

She is also scheduled to be formally sentenced from her convictions during the first two trials on September 4.


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