Prosecutor: Plot unsuccessfully tried week earlier

Photo Gallery:

Click to view (3 Photos)

Police say that the three people responsible for the deadly southside explosion had tried unsuccessfully to blow up the home a week earlier.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office charged Monserrate Shirley, 47, Mark Leonard, 43, and Bob Leonard, 54, with two counts of murder, conspiracy to commit arson, 12 counts of Class A felony arson and 33 counts of Class B felony arson each.

Investigators believe they removed a natural gas valve on the fireplace, let gas build up in the home for six to nine hours and ignited it with a spark from a microwave that could be set on a timer, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said.

This story appears in the print edition of Daily Journal. Subscribers can read the entire story online by signing in here or in our e-Edition by clicking here.

All content copyright ©2015 Daily Journal, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Click here to read our privacy policy.