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Woman tells of failed tries before deadly Indianapolis house explosion

Woman tells of failed tries before deadly Indianapolis house explosion

An Indianapolis woman whose house exploded, killing two people, testified Wednesday during her former boyfriend's trial that he was determined to burn the home down for insurance money and became angry when the first two attempts failed. Monserrate Shirley, 49, said she became distraught when neighbors telephoned her after the November 2012 explosion and told her she had no home to return to. She said she confronted defendant Mark Leonard, 46, who faces more than 50 counts, including two counts of murder, arson and insurance fraud. "That's not what you told me," Shirley said she told Leonard about the alleged plan. "That cannot be real." "Don't...

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