Explosion suspects head to court

August 14, 2013

Key issues will be heard in a Marion County court Wednesday afternoon involving three people charged in a deadly explosion that destroyed much of an Indianapolis neighborhood. Monserrate Shirley; her boyfriend, Mark Leonard; and his brother, Bob Leonard, are scheduled to appear on charges of murder and arson in the Nov. 10 blast that killed two people and badly damaged dozens of homes in the Richmond Hill subdivision. Defense attorneys want the three to have separate trials. Shirley's attorney says Mark Leonard abused her and coerced her into the insurance scheme.