Prosecutor: Execution unlikely in house blast case Created by kblakeslee on 2/11/2013 2:21:39 PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ A prosecutor says he won't seek the death penalty for three people charged in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion because it's unlikely to result in an execution.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Monday he's seeking life sentences without parole if a jury convicts Monserrate Shirley, boyfriend Mark Leonard and his brother, Bob Leonard. All three face murder, arson and conspiracy charges in the Nov. 10 blast that destroyed 33 houses and killed two people.
Investigators say the trio intentionally created a gas explosion in the home in hopes of collecting insurance money.
Curry says aggravating circumstances supporting the life sentences include the multiple deaths and the use of an explosive device.
Curry also announced new charges including an insurance fraud charge against Shirley.