Judge to release recordings in Richmond Hill suspect’s alleged murder-for-hire plot

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 16, 2014) – A co-defendant in the Richmond Hill house explosion case can have tapes of her boyfriend’s alleged murder-for-hire scheme, a judge ruled.

Judge Shirley Carlisle granted a request from attorneys for Moncy Shirley to access those tapes.

Shirley, Mark Leonard and Bob Leonard face multiple charges including murder in connection with the November 2012 blast in the Richmond Hill neighborhood on the south side. The explosion destroyed Shirley’s home and killed neighbors Dion and Jennifer Longworth. Dozens of other homes were damaged or destroyed.

Five months later, investigators said Mark Leonard tried to set up a “hit” on a key witness in the case. Telephone conversations between Leonard and an undercover federal agent posing as a hit man were recorded. According to prosecutors, Leonard offered $15,000 for the hit on the witness and wanted it to look like a suicide, with the victim confessing that he had framed Leonard and the others.

Carlisle said Shirley’s attorneys can have access to transcripts and recordings of the conversations that specifically involve their client.

No trial date has been set in the house explosion case. Shirley and the Leonards were originally set to go on trial in June, but that date has been pushed back and the trials aren’t likely to start until 2015.

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