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Indianapolis house explosion suspect's trial moved to South Bend in change of venue

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INDIANAPOLIS — The trial of one defendant in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion has been moved to South Bend because of the intense publicity given the case.

Marion Superior Court Judge Sheila Carlisle granted the change Wednesday for Mark Leonard, one of three defendants who face murder, arson and conspiracy charges in connection with the November 2012 blast that killed two people and destroyed or damaged dozens of houses on the city's south side.

A trial date hasn't been set yet.

Prosecutors allege Leonard, former girlfriend Monserrate Shirley and his brother, Bob Leonard, rigged the explosion in Shirley's home as part of a scheme to collect $300,000 in insurance. Each defendant will be being tried separately on identical charges. It's not clear yet where Shirley or Bob Leonard will be tried.

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