Warrants: Items removed before home blast

April 11, 2013

Search warrants show that a man accused of orchestrating a fatal house explosion in Indianapolis removed belongings from the home a week before the blast. Records released Thursday show police sought cell phone records that would confirm a Nov. 2 call in which Mark Leonard allegedly told a friend that his house had exploded. The call came a week before the actual blast following an alleged unsuccessful first attempt to destroy the home. Leonard, his girlfriend, Monserrate Shirley, and his brother, Bob Leonard, are charged with murder in the Nov. 10 explosion that killed a couple living in the house next door.