Prosecutor decides not to pursue death penalty

The three people charged with murder and arson after a deadly explosion in a southside subdivision could face life in prison but not the death penalty.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said Monday that his office is asking for life sentences without parole for homeowner Monserrate Shirley, her boyfriend Mark Leonard and his brother, Bob Leonard Jr.

The prosecutor’s office also filed additional felony charges against each member of the trio for damage caused to homes that did not have to be torn down and against Mark Leonard and another man for an unrelated case of insurance fraud.

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