Authorities: 3 set deadly Ind. blast for insurance
By By RICK CALLAHAN
Three people charged in a gas explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood deliberately set up the deadly blast to collect a big insurance payout, authorities said Friday.
The home's owner, Monserrate Shirley; her boyfriend, Mark Leonard; and his brother, Bob Leonard, were arrested Friday and charged with murder, arson and other counts in the Nov. 10 blast that killed two people.
Shirley, 47, was facing mounting financial woes, including $63,000 in credit card debt and worsening bankruptcy proceedings, court documents say. And a friend of Mark Leonard's told investigators Leonard said he had "lost a ton of money" — about $10,000 — at a casino some three weeks before the explosion.
Originally posted by Ex_CT2
There is the possibility that the DA ordered their arrest simply because they look guilty (that is, they have money problems, so it must be an insurance scam). It's easier to clear the books and give "the people" some satisfaction by arresting a couple of low-lifes than to hold a large corporation responsible. It's been known to happen.
I'm not asserting that that's what happened, mind you--but that's exactly how much faith I have in the "justice system" in this country....