Woman charged in deadly Indianapolis house explosion to get venue change

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INDIANAPOLIS — A woman who's one of three people charged in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion will stand trial in a different county.

Prosecutors agreed at a Thursday court hearing that Monserrate Shirley's trial should be held outside Marion County. Prosecutors and defense attorneys must now submit a list of proposed counties for the judge to consider as the new trial location.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1x66Q9K ) Shirley's attorney, Jim Voyles, said at Thursday's hearing he'd like his client's trial to be held in late 2016.

Shirley, her then-boyfriend Mark Leonard and his brother, Bob Leonard, face murder and arson charges arson in the 2012 blast that killed a couple who lived next door.

Prosecutors allege the trio rigged the explosion at Shirley's home in a scheme to collect $300,000 in insurance.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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