INDIANAPOLIS – The woman charged in the Richmond Hill blast that killed two people wants her trial moved outside Marion County.
James Voyles, defense attorney for Monserrate Shirley, filed a motion Thursday morning for a change of venue.
Shirley, boyfriend Mark Leonard and his brother Bob Leonard were charged in December with two counts of murder and multiple counts of arson in connection with the Nov. 10 explosion that destroyed more than 30 homes in the southside Richmond Hill subdivision. Dion and Jennifer Longworth died as a result of the blast.
Prosecutors said the explosion was the result of a scam to collect insurance money.
Earlier this month, Shirley hired Voyles to represent her. A high-powered defense attorney who’s well known in the Indianapolis area, Voyles previously defended Mike Tyson and former police officer and City-County Councilman Lincoln Plowman. Mark and Bob Leonard have been assigned public defenders.
All three are scheduled for a Feb. 21 pretrial hearing, with a jury trial scheduled for March 4.