INDIANAPOLIS – The woman at the center of the south side explosion investigation is no longer a licensed nurse—at least for now.
The Indiana State Board of Nursing approved an agreement Thursday between Monserrate Shirley and Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office to temporarily suspend her nursing license.
The decision is effective immediately and will stay in place until her criminal trial is complete.
Shirley faces murder, arson, and conspiracy to commit arson charges related to the Nov. 10 blast that destroyed her home and killed Dion and Jennifer Longworth. The explosion destroyed more than 30 homes in the Richmond Hill subdivision and damaged dozens more.
On Dec. 20, Shirley, her boyfriend, Mark Leonard, and his brother, Bob Leonard, were all charged in connection with the disaster. Investigators said the explosion was a scheme to college insurance money.
The Attorney General’s Office will wait until the outcome of Shirley’s trial before filing a formal complaint about her licensing status. If found not guilty, Shirley could petition the board to be taken off suspension.