Indiana house explosion suspects to get own trials


INDIANAPOL­IS — An Indianapol­is judge says three people charged in a deadly 2012 house explosion must stand trial separately.

WISH-TV reports Judge Sheila Carlisle on Friday denied prosecutor­s’ request to hold each trial at the same time in the same courtroom, but with three different juries.

Attorneys for Monserrate Shirley, Mark Leonard and Bob Leonard had opposed a single trial and said it would pose a greater risk of harm to the suspects.

Shirley and Mark Leonard used to be a couple, and the Leonards are brothers.

The defendants face dozens of charges including murder and arson for the explosion that killed Shirley’s next-door neighbors and damaged scores of homes in the Richmond Hill subdivisio­n. All three have pleaded not guilty.

The trials are scheduled for June.

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