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Suspects in South Side Explosion Won't Face Trial Until June 2014


Mark Leonard, Monseratte Shirley, Bob Leonard Jr. (Photos courtesy: IMPD)

It will be at least June of next year before the three suspects face trial for numerous felony counts, including murder, in the Richmond Hill subdivision explosion.


Marion County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Denise Robinson says the state will likely call 150 witnesses and have numerous boxes of documents. Robinson and defense attorneys expect the trial to last up to seven weeks. 

Defense attorney Jim Voyles indicated during a pretrial conference Wednesday that the case of his client, Monserrate Shirley, will take four weeks alone. Voyles appeared to indicate that he may request to have Shirley tried separately from boyfriend Mark Leonard and his brother Bob Leonard. Robinson maintains they conspired together and they should be tried together. 

Meantime, Richmond Hill resident Roz Aldridge says she's growing weary of the time involved in getting the case to trial. Aldridge says the community is continuing to mend following the blast last year that killed two people and damaged dozens of homes.  Judge Sheila Carlisle has set another pre-trial conference date for June 21 at 1 pm.

» Prosecutor Says Joint Trial Best For Richmond Hill Suspects (2-20-13)
» Prosecutor’s Office seeks Life Sentences Without Parole for Richmond Hill Explosion Defendants (2-11-13)
» Second Richmond Hill Explosion Suspect Requests Trial Move (2-1-13)
» South Side Church Praised by Council for Richmond Hill Relief Efforts (1-28-13)
» Marion Co. Prosecutor Opposes Venue Change In Richmond Hill Case (1-28-13)
» Explosion Suspect Wants Trial Moved Out of Indianapolis (1-24-13)
» Nursing Board Suspends Explosion Suspect's License (1-17-13)
» Attorney General Asking For Suspension Of Shirley's Nursing License (1-11-13)
» Richmond Hill Trio Get Jury Trial Date (12-24-12)
» Richmond Hill Residents React To Arrests (12-21-12)
» Felony Murder Charges Filed Against Three in South Side Explosion (12-21-12)
» Cost of South Side Explosion Grows to $309,000 (12-13-12)
» Richmond Hill Residents Now Know Their Neighbors (12-11-12)
» Richmond Hill Resident Thankful For Life (11-22-12)
» First Demolition Orders Coming for Homes Damaged by Explosion (11-21-12)
» Prosecutor: "We Believe We Are Making Progress" (11-21-12)
» Two Questioned in South Side Explosion; No Arrests (11-20-12)
» Public Safety Director Updates Explosion Probe (11-20-12)
» South Side Explosion Now Homicide Investigation (11-19-12)
» Funeral Mass For Southside Couple Killed In Blast (11-19-12)
» Explosion Victims Laid To Rest (11-19-12)
» Southport Presbyterian Church Serving Richmond Hill (11-16-12)
» Owner of Exploded Home Speaks Out After Seeing Damage (11-15-12)
» Victim of South Side Explosion Remembered (11-15-12)
» Funeral Mass Set for Couple Killed in South Side Explosion (11-14-12)
» Public Safety Director Riggs On Explosion Probe (11-14-12)
» Indy Attorney Questions Citizens Energy's Role in Explosion Investigation (11-14-12)
» South Side Explosion Brings Back Memories From Richmond (11-14-12)
» Citizens Energy Rules Out Gas Leaks In Blast (11-13-12)
» Expert Explains Process of Investigating Explosion (11-13-12)
» South Side Homeowners Will Need Home Restoration Following Explosion (11-13-12)
» Homeowner Says Faulty Furnace May be to Blame for Explosion (11-12-12)
» NTSB Probing South Side Gas Lines (11-12-12)
» Company Where Explosion Victim Worked Issues Statement (11-12-12)
» Volunteers Sought After South Side Explosion (11-12-12)
» School Returns to Classes Without Beloved Teacher (11-12-12)
» Residents Briefly Getting to Go Back Into Homes After Blast (11-12-12)
» Investigators Still Looking for Answers in Sunday's Massive Explosion (11-12-12)
» Couple Feels Fortunate to Escape South Side Explosion (11-11-12)
» Damage from South Side Explosion Estimated at $3.6 Million (11-11-12)
» Explosion Kills Two in South Side Neighborhood (11-11-12)


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