Not guilty pleas entered for Richmond Hill explosion suspects, trial set for March 4

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The three people charged in the deadly South Side disaster appeared in court Monday.

Moncy Shirley appeared distraught as she entered the courtroom. Her boyfriend, Mark Leonard did not display any emotion while his brother, Bob Leonard Jr., appeared to be scowling.

The three face more than 100 charges, including felony murder, conspiracy to commit arson and arson. Not guilty pleas were entered on their behalf.

Public defenders were appointed to Mark Leonard and Bobby Leonard Jr. Shirley will be represented by Randy Cable. Cable has previously represented Mark Leonard.

The prosecutor’s office said it could take up to 30 days to decide whether to pursue the death penalty.

A trial date has been set for March 4 at 9 a.m.


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