Judge rules Richmond Hill suspects will receive separate trials

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 3, 2014)— A Marion County judge ruled the suspects in the Richmond Hill explosion case will be tried separately, denying prosecutors’ requests to have the three defendants tried in one courtroom.

Prosecutors have argued that separate trials for suspects Moncy Shirley, Mark Leonard and Bob Leonard, Jr. would be costly and take nearly a year to conclude. Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson said concurrent trials could last two months, but separate trials could last six weeks apiece.

The suspects are each charged with more than 50 counts of arson and two counts of murder in connection with a Nov. 10, 2012 home explosion. The incident killed Jennifer and Dion Longworth and left dozens of others homeless in the south side neighborhood.

The Richmond Hill trials are tentatively scheduled for June 16, 2014. However, there could be a delay due to the judge’s decision to hold separate trials.