facebook
twitter
search
search

Suspects in explosion plead not guilty

Dec. 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Three suspects in a fatal explosion in Indianapolis' Richmond Hill neighborhood pleaded not guilty Monday in a Marion County courtroom.

Monserrate Shirley, 47, her boyfriend, Mark Leonard, 43, and his half brother Robert "Bob" Leonard Jr., 54, are each charged with multiple counts of felony murder, conspiracy to commit arson and arson for the Nov. 10 attack. The three were arrested and charged Friday.

Investigators said the three suspects conspired to blow up Shirley's home to collect about $300,000 in insurance money, the Indianapolis Star reported. The explosion, however, destroyed several homes, damaged more than 80 and killed Jennifer and John Longworth, Shirley's next-door neighbors.

The three appeared before Judge Sheila Carlisle in Marion Superior Court.

The Leonard brothers both asked for court-appointed attorneys, while Shirley had already hired a lawyer.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Texas man killed in apparent alligator attack
Police arrest N.C. soldier with assault rifle headed to mall photo shoot
North Korean biochemical weapons researcher defects to Europe
Four accused in slave-labor trafficking ring on Ohio egg farm
Fewer people consider themselves 'extremely proud' to be American than decade ago