Jury selection underway in Mark Leonard's second trial

Mark Leonard, the convicted mastermind of the Richmond Hill explosion, walking to court on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 (WTHR photo)
Jury selection underway in Leonard's 2nd trial (Monday noon)
Mark Leonard on trial on more charges in Richmond Hill case

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Jury selection is underway for the second trial of convicted Richmond Hill mastermind Mark Leonard.

Leonard faces a felony conspiracy to commit murder charge for reportedly hiring a hit man to kill a key witness in his first trial. Prosecutors say he tried to set up a murder-for-hire plot from his jail cell on a phone where calls are recorded, and the hit man he tried to hire was actually an undercover ATF agent.

Investigators tell us Leonard agreed to pay $15,000 plus a $5,000 bonus if the killer made it look like a suicide.

A jailed police informant alerted police to Leonard's plans to hire a hit man and helped arrange the phone call with the undercover agent.

Police say Leonard wanted to kill Mark Duckworth, a friend he had bragged to about blowing up the house and collecting $300,000 in insurance money. Investigators say that Leonard also told Duckworth of plans to buy a Ferrari.

Leonard is already serving life without parole for the November 2012 explosion. If convicted in this second trial, he faces up to an additional 50 years.

He turned down a plea deal that would have given him the maximum sentence, but allowed it to be served concurrently with his other sentences.