House explosion suspects to hear new charges in court

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INDIANAPOLIS – Three people charged in connection with the deadly November explosion on the south side will face new charges when they appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

Monserrate Shirley, Mark Leonard and Bob Leonard were initially charged with two counts of murder and multiple arson counts in the case. They’re accused of attempting to carry out an insurance scam by blowing up Shirley’s home in order to collect insurance money. Dion and Jennifer Longworth died as a result of the blast, which damaged or destroyed dozens of homes in the Richmond Hill neighborhood.

During Wednesday’s hearing, the suspects will hear additional charges against them. Each faces an additional count of arson for damage to homes that didn’t need to be torn down. Shirley will face a count of insurance fraud. An additional count of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud has been filed against both Shirley and Mark Leonard. Prosecutors filed the additional counts last week.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry revealed that his office would not seek the death penalty in the case. Instead, prosecutors will push for life in prison without parole.

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