Key Events related to the November 10 explosion in the Richmond Hills subdivision in Indianapolis, Indiana
Created by call6investigators on Dec 21, 2012
Last updated: 05/05/13 at 03:03 PM
Construction crews break ground for first home to be rebuilt in Richmond Hill subdivision.
Investigators say Monserrate Shirley filed an insurance claim two days after the blast and told the insurance company that her home was destroyed in an accidental fire. Information revealed at Feb 20, 2013 court hearing.
Marion County prosecutors say they will seek punishment of life in prison without the possibility of parole for each of the three suspects and not the death penalty.
Monserrate Shirley files claim with State Farm Insurance, claiming her home was destroyed in an accidental fire. (Information revealed during February 29, 2013 court hearing)
Marion Co. Prosecuotr Terry Curry announces he will not seek the death penalty against Monserrate Shirley, Mark Leonard and Robert Leonard. Curry says he will ask for life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Jim Voyles, attorney for Monserrate Shirley, files a change of venue request with the court. He wants to move Shirley's trial out of Marion County, citing hostility from the public and the media.
State Nursing Board votes unanimously (7-0) to suspend Monserrate Shirley's nursing license.
Monserrate Shirley agrees to temporary suspension of her nursing license, pending the outcome of her criminal trial.
Richmond Hills residents hold "Thank You Dinner" for first responders.
Defense Attorney Jim Voyles files notice that he will be representing Monserrate Shirley. Voyles is widely knows for defending a number of celebrity and high-profile clients.
Attorney General Greg Zoeller files petition to suspend Monserrate Shirley's nursing license.
In a written release Zoeller said, “Due to the seriousness of the criminal charges facing Monserrate Shirley, we believe it is in the best interest of the public to suspend her ability to practice nursing."
Investigators completed their work at 8349 Fieldfare Way and released the property for demolition and cleanup the week ending December 28.
Monserrate Shirley, Mark Leonard, and Bob Leonard make their initial court appearances and plead not guilty.
Officers arrest boyfriend's brother, Robert 'Bob' Leonard
Officers arrest homeowner's boyfriend Mark Leonard
Officers arrest homeowner Monseratte Shirley
Demolition begins on the 33 homes in Richmond Hills that city officials say must be torn down.
Investigators observe Monserrate Shirley and Mark Leonard visiting two kennels where they had boarded Snowball, the cat. (Probable Cause affidavit)
Detectives interview Bob Leonard - the half-brother of Mark Leonard
Jennifer and John 'Dion' Longworth laid to rest. They lived next door to the home at the center of the explosion and died that night.
Bob Leonard says he threw the totes and boxes that he was storing into the trash truck. (Probable Cause affidavit - Interview with Bob Leonard Nov. 20) Trash truck drivers told investigators they did not see Bob Leonard on Nov 19. (Probable Cause affidavit )
Sometime about 5:20 - 6:20am, Bob Leonard picked up the boxes and tote that had been placed in storage on Nov. 11. Witness told police that Bob Leonard said the items were taken out of Mark Leonard's house a week before the explosion and not to say anything about it. (Probable Cause)
Monserrate Shirley and Mark Leonard spoke to RTV6 at their attorney's office. When asked what should happen to the person or people responsible for the explosion, Shirley told RTV, "They have to pay for what they did to me and everybody else. I don't know what happened. If they did, if something happened, that person needs to pay for what they did."
Detectives spot Mark Leonard's white cargo van in front of the former Cavlier's Resort & Conference center. Officers impound the van. (Probable Cause)
A friend of Mark Leonard's reports seeing M. Leonard's white cargo van parked at the former Cavalier Resort & Conference Center at US 31 & Thompson Rd.. (Probable Cause affidavit) Mark Leonard is currently employed to do some work on the closed hotel.
Detectives interview Monserratte Shirley about the explosion.
Detectives Interview Mark Leonard about the explosion.
ATF Explosive Officer finds microwave door with suspicious damage and unusual exploded cylinder
Justin Leonard, Bob Leonard's son and Mark Leonard's nephew, reports seeing M. Leonard's white cargo van outside B. Leonard's home sometime after 6:20pm. Witness reported seeing Bob Leonard and his son, Justin, unload several boxes and a large green tote out of the van and into a pickup truck. Justin says his father told him the items were salvaged from the fire. Pickup truck took boxes to another home for storage. Justin told investigators he saw pictures of a woman also reported seeing a leather briefcase. (Probable Cause affidavit)
Monserrate Shirley and Mark Leonard return to Richmond Hills neighborhood after Shirley received multiple phone calls and text messages about the explosion. (Probable Cause - interview with Mark Leonard Nov 12, 2012)
Explosion centered at 8349 Fieldfare Way
Phone records show Mark Leonard's friend David Gill texted him at 4:58pm, about four hours after Mark Leonard called Gill. (Probable Cause affidavit)
Approx. 2-3pm: Neighbors report seeing Mark Leonard's white van outside 8349 Fieldfare Way with two white men. One neighbor also reports that the blinds were closed at 8349, which was unusual. (Probable Cause affidavit)
Time: Approx 2-3pm: Neighbors say they saw a van they believed to be Mark Leonard's white Ford van pull up to 8349 Fieldfare Way with two white men in it. One neighbor reports the blinds on the home closed which was unusual.
Phone records show Mark Leonard called his friend David Gill about one hour before the van was spotted at 8349 Fieldfare Way. (Probable Cause affidavit)
Hollywood Casino records show Mark Leonard lost $100 gambling from about 12:38pm until 12:37pm. Then records show M. Leonard and Monserrate Shirley spent about 11.5 hours at "Hollywood on the Roof." (Probable Cause Affidavit)
Investigators calculate that someone turned on the gas at 8349 Fieldfare Way in the middle to late afternoon. They estimate it took six to nine hours for the home to fill with the amount of gas needed for the explosion. (Probable Cause affidavit)
Mark Leonard says he and Monserrate Shirley left for Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg. M. Leonard says he left his white van in the Rock House bar parking lot by S. Keystone Ave. and E. Hanna Ave. (according to Probable Cause affidavit - Nov 12, 2012 interview with Mark Leonard) However, investigators say surveillance video shows that the white van was not in the parking lot. (Probable Cause affidavit)
Investigators say Mark Leonard and Bob Leonard had a converstaion with a Citizens Energy employee about "what would be requried to introduce a sufficient amount of natural gas to cause an explosion." (Probable Cause affidavit)
Investigators say surveillance video shows Mark Leonard and Bob Leonard together, even though Bob told officers the last time he saw Mark before the explosion was Tuesday, Nov 6. (Probable Cause affidavit) Officers say the Leonards are seen in the white van at one location at about the same time M. Leonard and Monserrate Shirley say they left the van in a different place. (Probable Cause)
Babysitter reports Monserrate Shirley dropped off her daughter to stay for the weekend. (Probable Cause affidavit)
Mark Leonard says he spent part of day visiting his grandmother, visiting his sister's boyfriend, picking up Monserrate Shirley's daughter from school and drinking. (according to Probable Cause affidavit - Nov 12, 2012 interview with Mark Leonard)
Mark Leonard says he took "Snowball" the cat to the groomer's at about noon. (Probable Cause affidavit - Mark Leonard interview Nov 12, 2012)
Monserrate Shirley says she was at work from 7am until 7pm. (Probable Cause affidavit - Monserrate Shirley Interview Nov 12, 2012)
Investigators say surveillance video shows Mark Leonard and Bob Leonard together, even though Bob told officers the last time he saw Mark before the explosion was Tuesday, Nov 6. (Probable Cause affidavit)
Bob Leonard says he helped light the gas water heater at 8349 Fieldfare Way. (Probable Cause affidavit - Interview with Bob Leonard on Nov. 20)
Mark Leonard says the furnace was not working properly. Leonard says he installed a slide-switch thermostat for a day. (According Probable Cause affidavit - Nov 12, 2012 interview with Mark Leonard) Monserrate Shirley told investigators the house was so cold that they stayed at a hotel. (Probable Cause affidavit - Monserrate Shirley Interview Nov 12, 2012) Mark Leonard and Bob Leonard purchased a slide-switch thermostate at Menards. (Probable Cause affidavit)
Monserrate Shirley and Mark Leonard spent the weekend at Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, left Shirley's daughter with a babysitter and boarded the cat. (Probable Cause affidavit)
Monserrate Shirley and Mark Leonard board Snowball, the cat, at Arbor Lane Kennel from Nov 3 through Nov 5. (Probable Cause affidavit)
Investigators say one of Mark Leonard's friends told them that during a phone conversation Nov 2, M. Leonard told him "the house blew up." The friend also told investigators in another phone call that day that M. Leonard talked about using insurance money to buy a Ferrari. (Probable Cause affidavit - Nov 13 interview with friend of Mark Leonard)