Moncy Shirley agrees to temporary nursing license suspension

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INDIANAPOLIS – The woman at the center of the south side house explosion investigation has agreed to the emergency suspension of her nursing license pending her criminal trial.

Monserrate Shirley is accused of causing a house explosion in November to collect insurance money. Shirley faces murder, arson and conspiracy charges related to the blast that killed Dion and Jennifer Longworth and destroyed more than 30 homes. The explosion resulted in $4 million in damage.

Her boyfriend, Mark Leonard, and his brother Bob Leonard are also charged.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced plans last week to temporarily suspend her license. Zoeller’s office said Shirley has voluntarily agreed to suspend her license.

“The board will consider and vote on this agreed summary suspension this week,” Zoeller said. “The outcome of the criminal proceedings will determine whether our office moves forward with filing a formal licensing complaint against Monserrate Shirley.”

The board is scheduled to begin hearings at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Indiana Government Center South auditorium.

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