FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- After four-and-a-half weeks of trial, the State rested its case Tuesday against Richmond Hill Explosion suspect Bob Leonard, Jr.
IMPD Det. Sgt. Jeff Wager, the lead investigator in the criminal case against Leonard, was re-called to the witness stand for a final time to be questioned by Leonard's defense attorneys.
Attorney Ted Minch used his cross-examination to suggest an associate of Mark Ray Leonard initially considered as a suspect – but ruled out – should be the one on trial. He pointed Monserrate Shirley's neighbor Tony Burnett, who identified that person out of a photo array, and who also said he was sure he didn't see Bob Leonard at Shirley's house on the day of the blast.
"He was very confused on his identification," Wager said. "He wanted to be very helpful. But I think he was trying so hard he was messing himself up."
Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson pointed out on redirect that Burnett's identification was simply of someone he'd seen at the house before – but not necessarily on the day of the explosion.
Minch also pointed out that in all of the conversations recorded while Monserrate Shirley's and Mark Leonard's phones were being wiretapped, none of them ever mentioned Bob Leonard. Wager said the wiretap records didn't contain every conversation the two had.
Jurors were told to report back to the courthouse at 8:45 a.m., when Leonard's defense will begin presenting its case. It wasn't immediately clear whether the defense intended to call any witnesses – or if Leonard himself intended to testify.