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Indiana House Explosion Update: Three charged with murder due in court Monday morning

This combo made from photos provided by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department shows from left, Mark Leonard, 43, his wife, Shirley Leonard, 43, and his brother, Bob Leonard, 54, all of Indianapolis, who were arrested Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 and charged with murder, arson and other counts in a Nov. 10 gas explosion that killed two people. Authorities say the explosion in the Richmond hill subdivision in Indianapolis was deliberately set up so the three could collect a big insurance payout. (AP Photo/Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department) Uncredited

From left: Mark Leonard, his girlfriend Monserrate Shirley and his brother Bob Leonard
AP Photo/Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

(AP) INDIANAPOLIS - Three people charged in a gas explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood, killing a couple, are set to appear before a judge.

Homeowner Monserrate Shirley, her boyfriend Mark Leonard and his brother, Bob Leonard, face initial court appearances set for Monday morning.

The three were arrested Friday on charges of murder, arson and other counts following the Nov. 10 blast that killed a couple living next to Shirley's home. The explosion destroyed Shirley's house and four others and damaged dozens more.

Investigators say the three planned the explosion for an insurance payout. Court documents say Shirley was facing $63,000 in credit card debt and bankruptcy proceedings. Prosecutors say Mark Leonard recently lost $10,000 at a casino.

An attorney for Shirley and Mark Leonard told The Associated Press they maintain innocence.

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