INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ A prosecutor says jurors likely won't hear an Indianapolis woman's claim that her boyfriend coerced her into a scheme that led to an explosion that killed two people and damaged more than 30 homes.
Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson said after a hearing Wednesday that Monserrate Shirley's allegations of abuse likely won't be admissible at her trial.
Shirley's lawyers say in court documents that she “blindly followed'' her boyfriend Mark Leonard and that he abused her physically and emotionally.
Shirley, Mark Leonard, and his brother Bob Leonard are charged with murder and arson in the Nov. 10 blast on the south side of Indianapolis. Prosecutors say the three planned the explosion to collect insurance on Shirley's home.
The explosion damaged 33 homes so badly they had to be demolished.