Wednesday, December 4 2013 4:15 PM EST2013-12-04 21:15:17 GMT
The three people charged in the deadly November 2012 south side explosion are heading to court this afternoon. Pre-trial hearings will be held for Mark Leonard, his brother, Bob Leonard and MonserrateMore >>
Three suspects in the Richmond Hill explosion returned to court Wednesday to prepare for separate trials set to start in six months. However, to save time and money, the prosecutor is offering up another proposal. He wants to try Mark Leonard, Monserrate Shirley and Bob Leonard for murder and arson all at once.More >>
Wednesday, November 27 2013 5:57 PM EST2013-11-27 22:57:17 GMT
Indianapolis - This Thanksgiving holds special meaning, for several residents of Richmond Hill. One year after an explosion killed two people and destroyed much of their southside neighborhood, they'reMore >>
This Thanksgiving holds special meaning for several residents of Richmond Hill. One year after an explosion killed two people and destroyed much of their southside neighborhood, they're settling back in.More >>
Monday, November 11 2013 5:19 PM EST2013-11-11 22:19:00 GMT
A year ago today, the day after an explosion killed two people and damaged dozens of homes in the Richmond Hill Neighborhood, investigators were still trying to figure out if the blast was a tragic accidentMore >>
John Shirley spoke in an exclusive sit-down interview with 13 Investigates. On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, he finds himself reliving his own personal devastation, mostly felt through the eyes of his and Moncy's 13-year-old daughter.More >>
Sunday, November 10 2013 10:41 PM EST2013-11-11 03:41:03 GMT
What: Luminary Walk Where: Richmond Hill When: 6:30 p.m. It has been one year since a deadly explosion rocked the Richmond Hill neighborhood on the Indianapolis south side. The images that NovemberMore >>
The Richmond Hill community held a luminary walk in their neighborhood Sunday evening to mark the tragic anniversary of last year's explosion.More >>
Friday, November 8 2013 4:48 PM EST2013-11-08 21:48:44 GMT
This weekend marks one year since an explosion on the south side of Indianapolis. One hundred homes were damaged or destroyed in the Richmond Hill neighborhood. Jennifer and Dion Longworth in the homeMore >>
This weekend marks one year since a deadly explosion on the south side of Indianapolis. A local school is still coming to terms with the community's loss.More >>
Thursday, November 7 2013 5:29 PM EST2013-11-07 22:29:18 GMT
One year ago this weekend, the Richmond Hill neighborhood was literally rocked to its core after an explosion leveled homes and killed two people. One family not only survived the explosion, they madeMore >>
One family not only survived the Richmond Hill explosion, they made sure their neighbors did, as well.More >>
Wednesday, November 6 2013 6:09 PM EST2013-11-06 23:09:45 GMT
Thirty homes were torn down after the explosion in the Richmond Hill neighborhood November 10, 2012. So far, about half of the homes have been rebuilt. Jennifer and Dion Longworth were killed in the blast. ProsecutorsMore >>
Thirty homes were torn down after the explosion in the Richmond Hill neighborhood November 10, 2012. So far, about half of the homes have been rebuilt.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:33 PM EDT2013-10-17 21:33:11 GMT
A Marion County judge has ruled that the defendants in the Richmond Hill explosion case can have separate trials. Monserrate Shirley, Mark Leonard and his brother Robert Leonard are charged in the NovemberMore >>
A Marion County judge has ruled that the defendants in the Richmond Hill explosion case can have separate trials.More >>
Tuesday, September 3 2013 11:17 PM EDT2013-09-04 03:17:16 GMT
His ex-wife is charged in the south side explosion case and he's faced questioning, too. Tonight at 11:00 pm on Eyewitness News, for the first time, John Shirley sits down with 13 Investigates ReporterMore >>
John Shirley says many lives have been torn apart over the past nine months since the arrest of his ex-wife Monserrate Shirley. He says it's time to clear the air.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:14 PM EST2013-12-12 00:14:04 GMT
As bitter cold sets in, many in central Indiana are thinking twice before cranking up the thermostat. "When I hear that furnace kick on and I don't feel cold, I jump up and I cut it down," said RooseveltMore >>
As bitter cold sets in, many in central Indiana are thinking twice before cranking up the thermostat.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:49 PM EST2013-12-11 23:49:01 GMT
A six-year-old boy kissed a classmate and got suspended for sexual harassment. Now his mom is fighting to get the incident removed from his record. "It was during class, yeah. We were doing reading group.More >>
A six-year-old boy kissed a classmate and got suspended for sexual harassment. Now his mom is fighting to get the incident removed from his record.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:43 PM EST2013-12-11 23:43:05 GMT
Gov. Mike Pence says the federal government has rejected Indiana's request that Howard County be declared a major disaster area because of damage from last month's tornadoes and severe storms. TheMore >>
Gov. Mike Pence says the federal government has rejected Indiana's request that Howard County be declared a major disaster area because of damage from last month's tornadoes and severe storms.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:29 PM EST2013-12-11 23:29:33 GMT
The state of Indiana is giving a Carmel business 2-million dollars in tax credits in exchange for creating 100 new jobs next year.Allegion does business in 120 countries -- but keeps its north AmericanMore >>
The state of Indiana is giving a Carmel business $2 million in tax credits in exchange for creating 100 new jobs next year.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:28 PM EST2013-12-11 23:28:45 GMT
Chuck Pagano took no solace in what everybody else at the Colts' complex already knew. Sunday's replay reversal, which gave the Bengals a touchdown, was a mistake. On Tuesday night, Dean Blandino, theMore >>
Chuck Pagano took no solace in what everybody else at the Colts' complex already knew.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:15 PM EST2013-12-11 23:15:22 GMT
An Indianapolis pastor has been convicted of child molestation. A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday. Jetter had been working as a pastor at the Pilgrim Chapel MissionaryMore >>
A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:00 PM EST2013-12-11 23:00:14 GMT
About 50 days and 60 degrees ago, Dr. Lewis Ferebee rode a school bus to his first day of work as the new leader of Indianapolis Public Schools. He had a 100-day plan to begin improving the district.More >>
In an Eyewitness News interview, we ask IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee what he's learned, what he's done, and where he sees the school district headed.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:31 PM EST2013-12-11 22:31:19 GMT
A few snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday evening and a quick blast of even colder air will follow. Overnight temperatures will be in the range of 1 to -4 degrees. Wind chills will be evenMore >>
A few snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday evening and a quick blast of even colder air will follow.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:55 PM EST2013-12-11 21:55:24 GMT
The House has passed legislation that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran buried with military honors after police said he killed an Indianapolis woman andMore >>
The House has passed legislation that instructs the Veterans Affairs Department to unearth the remains of an Army veteran buried with military honors after police said he killed an Indianapolis woman and injured three others before taking his own life.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 4:42 PM EST2013-12-11 21:42:20 GMT
Two young men were injured when they were shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday in Columbus. Police say the robbery occurred around 5 p.m. in the 2300 block of Sims Court. Three males, ages 20, 19More >>
Two young men were injured when they were shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday in Columbus.More >>
The three people facing charges in the south side explosion case won't go on trial until at least June 2014.
The attorneys for Monserrate Shirley, Mark Leonard and Bob Leonard discussed a potential trial date during a hearing Wednesday afternoon.
Dion and Jennifer Longworth died in the blast. They were Shirley and Leonard's next-door neighbors. Over 30 homes had to be demolished and dozens of other homes had significant damage.
Also Wednesday, a judge unsealed search warrants in the case.
Those documents detail what police were looking to examine at the explosion site in the Richmond Hill neighborhood and what they wanted to learn about the suspects' actions.
One of the search warrants requested incoming and outgoing calls and texts for both Shirley and Mark Leonard from November first through November 12th.
Another requested all appliances, from the furnace to the fireplace to the microwave in Shirley's destroyed home.
There was a search warrant for financial paperwork found in the rubble there, including checkbooks, bank statements and credit card bills.
Then at Bob Leonard's Home, there was a search for golf clubs, plus boxes of family photos, jewelry and clothes that belonged to Moncy Shirley.
The documents also reveal that a neighbor said that David Gill, Mark Leonard's long-time friend, may have been the man in the white van seen in front of Shirley's house the day of the explosion.
Meanwhile in court today, we learned a trial won't likely begin until June 2014.
For an explosion that took only seconds to end lives and destroy homes, the long process to decide criminal responsibility is in stark contrast.
The slow, complicated case has neighbors in Richmond Hill feeling frustrated.
"We learned nothing today," said Richmond Hill resident Roz Aldridge.
"It is frustrating, but like she said, we knew it was going to take awhile," added resident Abby Jackson.
The judge and attorneys agreed a trial date likely won't happen until June of 2014, more than a year from now.
A specific date has yet to be set.
"We want to try this case well. We want to try it successfully. We want to try it once," said Marion County deputy prosecutor Denise Robinson. "From the state's perspective, 150 witnesses, boxes of discovery and so it's a significant trial. there's no question about it."
The three suspects, accused of setting the explosion to collect insurance money, were all back in court for a pre-trial hearing Wednesday.
One of the key motions from prosecutors concerned unsealing and making public warrants on wire taps, which contain critical conversations in the case.
But the judge didn't make a ruling on that evidence. Instead, she deferred to the original judge who issued the warrants.
Also, there was no decision today on the suspects' request to drop life without parole sentences. But the judge did order approximately 22 search warrants to be unsealed.
Many were sent out Wednesday. The remaining warrants will be released Thursday.
Time is a big issue in this case - time to examine evidence and prepare for trial.
In court, Mark Leonard's defense attorney said she hasn't seen any evidence yet from the crime lab.
"There's a significant amount of crime lab testing. It takes time to conduct that testing. It doesn't work like CSI," Robinson said.
However long this process takes, Richmond Hill residents who experienced the explosion say they'll be in court for every step, hoping for justice as they continue to rebuild.
"I just think I needed to be here. It changed my life. This changed my life," Aldridge said.
Leonard was recently charged with conspiring to arrange for a key witness in the trial to be murdered. He has pleaded not guilty in that case.
Also, prosecutors released more documents related to the case Wednesday:
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:42 PM EST2013-12-12 00:42:56 GMT
In an effort to save time and money, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to bring criminal justice in Marion County under one roof. Sources tell Eyewitness News a plan is in the works that would consolidateMore >>
In an effort to save time and money, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to bring criminal justice in Marion County under one roof.More >>
Wednesday, November 27 2013 6:21 PM EST2013-11-27 23:21:46 GMT
It's a case that has baffled police for decades. On November 17th, 2013, it will be 35 years since four young workers were kidnapped from the Speedway Burger Chef and killed. There were four victimsMore >>
It's one of the state's most heinous crimes. 35 years later, the Burger Chef murder case is still unsolved. Now, Eyewitness News has uncovered a new theory connected to the investigation that focuses on another Burger Chef restaurant.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 10:45 PM EST2013-12-11 03:45:01 GMT
There are major changes ahead for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Track officials revealed Tuesday how they will spend millions of dollars - some of it taxpayer money - for improvements at the track. TheMore >>
Track officials revealed Tuesday how they will spend millions of dollars - some of it taxpayer money - for improvements at the track.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 2:50 AM EST2013-12-11 07:50:40 GMT
The Mega Millions jackpot grows to $400 million with no winner nationwide Tuesday night. The jackpot is approaching a new record for Friday night, estimated at $400 million. The winning numbers forMore >>
The Mega Millions jackpot grows to $400 million with no winner nationwide Tuesday night. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:00 AM EST2013-12-11 05:00:46 GMT
Metro Police are investigating a home break-in, in which thieves stole Christmas from an east side Indianapolis family.Anita Barnes says faith and family are the heart of the holidays.She decorated herMore >>
Metro police are investigating a home break-in in which thieves stole Christmas from an east Indianapolis family.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:49 AM EST2013-12-11 10:49:15 GMT
A Greenwood family escaped from a fire overnight in the 800 block of Ramblin Road. White River Township Fire Department was assisted by Greenwood Fire in fighting the building fire. The family ofMore >>
Greenwood family of four escapes building fire overnight.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:23 PM EST2013-12-11 01:23:04 GMT
A woman who worked for more than 12 years at an Indianapolis church is accused of stealing more than $177,000 from there. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says Stephanie Hicks was charged TuesdayMore >>
A woman who worked for more than 12 years at an Indianapolis church is accused of stealing more than $177,000 from there.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 6:37 PM EST2013-12-10 23:37:33 GMT
People living in a far south side Indianapolis apartment complex say enough is enough. Parc Bordeaux Apartments residents are fed up with thieves who have repeatedly targeted their complex. The most recentMore >>
People living in a far south side Indianapolis apartment complex say enough is enough.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:28 PM EST2013-12-11 17:28:11 GMT
New jobs are coming to central Indiana as a company brings its headquarters to Carmel. That's the new home for Allegion. The Ireland-based company was spun off from Ingersoll Rand last week. It willMore >>
New jobs are coming to central Indiana as a company brings its headquarters to Carmel. That's the new home for Allegion.More >>