Three Face Murder Charges In Deadly Indianapolis Home Blast

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A man and woman who lived in an Indianapolis house that exploded in November killing two neighbors and damaging scores of homes, have been charged with felony murder and numerous other charges along with the man's brother, prosecutors said on Friday.

A man and woman who lived in an Indianapolis house that exploded in November killing two neighbors and damaging scores of homes, have been charged with felony murder and numerous other charges along with the man's brother, prosecutors said on Friday.

Monserrate Shirley and Mark Leonard, who lived in the home that exploded, and Leonard's brother, Robert Leonard, were charged with murder on Thursday in connection with the explosion and arrested on Friday, authorities said.

The three also face multiple other charges for the injuries to 12 area residents in the blast and for the 33 neighborhood homes that had to be demolished, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry told a news conference.

Shirley and Mark Leonard had arranged to be at a casino the night of the explosion, left their daughter with a sitter and boarded their cat, Curry said.