(WTHR) Three people have been charged in connection with the November 10th Indianapolis, Indiana explosion that destroyed several homes and killed two people.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said Mark Leonard and Monserrate Shirley, the couple who lived in one of the homes that exploded, along with Bob Leonard, Jr., were charged and arrested.
The explosion at Shirley's residence ignited a fire at the home of next-door neighbors John and Jennifer Longworth, causing their deaths.
They are each charged with felony murder, conspiracy to commit arson, and dozens individual counts of arson.
Investigators say the microwave oven exploded from the inside out, and determined that the oven was the point of ignition. That model of microwave oven can be set on a timer 24 hours in advance, Curry said.
There were no leaks in the gas lines, and an examination of the gas meter at the house found that there was a large volume of gas entering into the home six to nine hours prior to the explosion.
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