Panel to weigh death penalty in southside explosion


A decision is expected within six weeks on whether to seek the death penalty against the three people charged with causing the deadly gas explosion that devastated a southside neighborhood and killed a couple, a prosecutor said.

A death penalty review team made up of Marion County prosecutor’s office staff members will review the case and make a recommendation, Prosecutor Terry Curry said. Curry said he hoped to make that decision before a Feb. 12 court hearing.

Homeowner Monserrate Shirley; her boyfriend, Mark Leonard; and his brother, Bob Leonard, have been charged with murder, arson and conspiracy counts in the Nov. 10 blast that killed a couple living next to Shirley’s house.

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