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Article updated: 12/26/2012 9:33 AM

3 charged in Indianapolis home blast due in court


INDIANAPOLIS -- Three people charged in a gas explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood are set to appear before a judge to hear charges against them.

Homeowner Monserrate Shirley; her boyfriend, Mark Leonard; and his brother, Bob Leonard, are scheduled to make their initial court appearances Monday morning in Marion County Superior Criminal Court in Indianapolis.

The three were arrested Friday and charged with murder, arson and other counts in the Nov. 10 blast that killed a couple that lived next door.

Investigators say the three planned the explosion for an insurance payout. Court documents say Shirley was facing $63,000 in credit card debt and bankruptcy proceedings. They say Mark Leonard lost $10,000 at a casino.

The attorney for Shirley and Mark Leonard has said he was stunned by their arrest.

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