Richmond Hill trials could face delay

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INDIANAPOLIS (March 5, 2014) – The trials for three people accused of blowing up a south side home in 2012 could be delayed.

New court filings show the trials for Moncy Shirley, Mark Leonard and Bob Leonard would start in June. All three are accused in a plot to destroy Shirley’s home in the Richmond Hill neighborhood in November 2012 in a scheme to collect insurance money.

The attorney for Mark Leonard said she still hasn’t received forensic evidence from the prosecutor’s office. Bob Leonard’s attorney also said trial preparation is lagging.

Both want a 2015 trial date that’s more realistic. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office suggests moving the trial back to late summer.

Prosecutors wanted the trials held at the same time and in the same courtroom but with three different juries. Defense attorneys said the move would be a logistical nightmare and could jeopardize a fair trial. A judge sided with the defense and denied the prosecution’s request.

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