Jury selection resumes in Indianapolis house explosion trial

Mark Leonard

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Four jurors have been seated for the trial of an Indianapolis man charged in a deadly house explosion a day after a judge dismissed 56 prospective jurors who expressed doubts that they could be impartial.

The trial of Mark Leonard was moved to South Bend because of extensive publicity in Indianapolis. He is charged with murder, arson and other counts in the November 2012 blast that killed two people and damaged or destroyed about 80 homes.

Prosecutors say Leonard was the mastermind of a plot to blow up a house belonging to his then-girlfriend and collect insurance money to pay mounting debts.

The Indianapolis Star reports that the slow jury selection could delay Monday’s scheduled start of the trial.

Leonard is among five people charged in the case.

 

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