5th person charged in deadly Richmond Hill explosion

Glenn Hults pictured from an arrest about 10 years ago, unrelated to the Richmond Hill explosion case. (Provided Photo/IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A fifth suspect is now charged in connection with the alleged conspiracy leading up to the 2012 south side explosion at Richmond Hill. Glenn Hults was arrested late Tuesday, jail records obtained by WISH-TV.

Hults, 48, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit arson.

He’s now accused, along with Monserrate Shirley, Mark Leonard, Bob Leonard and Gary Thompson of helping to set the explosion in the Richmond Hill neighborhood that killed Dion and Jennifer Longworth and damaged nearly 80 homes in November 2012.

WISH-TV reported in January, the scope of Hults’ alleged involvement in what prosecutors say was an explosion plot were first publicly revealed by Shirley after she agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors in early January 2015.

As part of that plea agreement Shirley agreed to testify against her co-defendants, and named Hults during interviews as having had conversations with Mark Leonard on July 4, 2012 about plans to set fire to Shirley’s house. This conversation occurred, Shirley testified, while the three were attending a pool party at a home near Geist Reservoir.

Shirley said the two had been invited to the party by Hults, who she described as Leonard’s “friend.” According to court documents, Leonard asked Hults to convince Shirley that it would be “easy” to submit an insurance claim if she had a fire in her house.

Hults told detectives he “didn’t remember any conversations about setting arson fires” and didn’t remember Leonard ever asking him to tell Shirley how easy it was to get money from an insurance company after a house fire, according to court documents.

Monserrate Shirley, Mark Leonard, Bob Leonard, left to right. (Provided photos / Marion County Jail)
Monserrate Shirley, Mark Leonard, Bob Leonard, left to right. (Provided photos / Marion County Jail)

Prosecutors also allege Hults agreed to keep Shirley’s daughter overnight at his house on the weekend of Oct. 27, 2012, with knowledge of Mark Leonard’s plans to burn down Shirley’s house on that weekend.

Court records also show Hults did admit to detectives that that he had received a check for $70,000 from his insurance company after a fire in his own home that he attributed to a faulty tanning bed. He told detectives that Gary Thompson, the man charged as the fourth suspect in the Richmond Hill explosion case, installed the tanning bed and had done other electrical work at his house.
Shirley told detectives she initially rejected the plan that day, saying it was “too risky,” according to court documents.

Prosecutors wouldn’t comment Friday on whether additional arrests connected to the case are imminent, or who they might be focused on. But, deputy prosecutor Denise Robinson did not dispute that the case remains open, and additional arrests are possible.

“The investigation will not stop to hold all persons accountable for any role they may have had in what happened on Nov. 10,” she said following Thompson’s hearing.

Prosecutors planned to comment on the new charge Tuesday afternoon. Messages left seeking comment from Hults’ attorney were not immediately returned Tuesday.

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