Prosecutors Oppose Change of Venue for Indy Blast Suspect Created by kblakeslee on 1/28/2013 3:14:33 PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Prosecutors oppose a change of venue for an Indianapolis woman charged in a house explosion that killed a couple living next door.
WRTV-TV reported Monday that Marion County prosecutors contend in a court filing that Monserrate Shirley and her former attorney are responsible for much of the publicity in the case.
Shirley's new attorney, James Voyles, filed a motion last week arguing she can't get a fair trial in Indianapolis because of public outrage, bias and media coverage.
Prosecutors acknowledge ``widespread publicity'' in the case but say much of the publicity surrounding Shirley and her co-defendant boyfriend, Mark Leonard, resulted from their public comments and statements by attorney Randall Cable. Shirley and Leonard face murder, arson and conspiracy charges.
A hearing on the matter isn't scheduled yet.