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Lawyers to argue ahead of house explosion trial

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Lawyers for both sides will argue details to be decided before the trial of three people charged with setting up a fatal explosion that devastated an Indianapolis subdivision.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Wednesday in a Marion County court for Monserrate Shirley, her boyfriend, Mark Leonard, and his brother, Bob Leonard.

Prosecutors say the three set up the Nov. 10 explosion that killed a couple who lived next door and destroyed five homes in order to collect insurance on Shirley's home. All three are charged with murder and arson, and prosecutors say they intend to seek life sentences for all three if they're convicted.

Investigators believe they programmed a microwave oven to ignite a natural gas leak.

The case isn't expected to go trial before next year.

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