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PREVIEW: Richmond Hill Trial Day 7

Posted at 9:44 AM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 09:49:35-05

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Prosecutors will continue taking Allen County jurors through the investigation into the Richmond Hill Explosion on Tuesday -- including testimony from the ex-husband of one of the alleged co-conspirators.

John Shirley was married to Monserrate Shirley -- whose home at 8349 Fieldfare Way exploded in November 2012 -- for years, but the two divorced in 2011. Later that year, Monserrate Shirley began dating Mark Ray Leonard. Leonard is accused of hatching the conspiracy to blow up Shirley's house to commit insurance fraud.

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Leonard was convicted in July of 53 felony counts and sentenced to two life sentences in prison. His half-brother Bob Leonard, Jr., faces 51 counts in his own trial.

RTV6 Digital Producer Jordan Fischer will be in the courtroom throughout the trial. Click on the video player above for a preview of what to expect in Day 7.


Call 6 Investigator Rafael Sanchez and Senior Digital Correspondent Jordan Fischer will be in Fort Wayne covering the trial every day. Download the RTV6 app to get the latest live blog posts as the proceedings unfold.

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