Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Jury in Leonard Trial Reaches Verdict

Mark Leonard
There were 53 counts and 53 guilty verdicts.

That's the news of the day in Indianapolis following the unveiling of the verdict in the Mark Leonard trial.  He is guilty on all charges.

After about a month of testimony and months of gathering evidence and building a case, Terry Curry's Marion County Prosecutor's Office led on this case by Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson successfully prosecuted one of the most heinous crimes in Indianapolis history.  If you're a defendant in a big case, you don't want to see Robinson on the other bench.

On November 10, 2012, an explosion in Montserrate Shirley's home on Fieldfare Way in the Richmond Hill neighborhood killed Dion and Jennifer Longworth, the next door neighbors, and damaged or destroyed pretty much every other home in the neighborhood.  Shirley's boyfriend, Mark Leonard, masterminded the scheme to blow up the home to defraud an insurance company of $300,000.  As the Prosecution put it, greed was the motivation.  The result was the death of the Longworths in a horribly excruciating fashion.

Now, the sentencing is next followed by the appeal process.  It's still going to be a long time before we finally know what will happen to Mark Leonard for sure.  It's hard to have sympathy for him.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the Prosecutor's case against Leonard.  Victory will not bring back Dion and Jennifer, but maybe there is a small bit of closure in this.  To the families of the Longworths and the victims of the explosion, my thoughts continue to be with you.

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