Fifth suspect arrested in Richmond Hill house explosion

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 14, 2015) – A fifth person has been charged in connection with the November 2012 explosion that killed two people and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes in the Richmond Hill subdivision on the south side of Indianapolis. Glenn Hults, 48, is charged with one count of arson in connection with the blast, a Class B Felony.

"We are absolutely committed to see that everyone is held accountable for what occurred in the subdivision," Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said.

Four people–Monserrate Shirley, Mark Leonard, Bob Leonard, and Gary Thompson – were charged in the case. Shirley agreed to plead guilty in January of this year to two counts of conspiracy to commit arson. Mark Leonard faces a June trial in St. Joseph County. Bob Leonard will have to wait until January 2016 for his trial in Allen County.

"They all have done acts with the understanding that the end result would be to burn or blow up the house," Curry said.

Glenn Hults was a friend of the family. Monserrate Shirley's daughter stayed at his house during the trial runs and the night of the fatal explosion November 10, 2012.

Hults hosted a pool party July 4, 2012 when Shirley and her boyfriend Mark Leonard talked about the explosive insurance fraud scheme, and investigators say he encouraged and directed the talks, telling Shirley he had her back. Hults reportedly offered to hold on to Shirley’s personal items taken from the house before the blast for safekeeping.

Hults talked with Leonard about what he would do with the insurance payoff proceeds. There were times, according to the probable cause affidavit, that Hults tried to wave Shirley off the plan telling her, “You’re crazy, Bob Leonard is crazy, they are going to blow up the whole neighborhood.”

Many of the allegations against Hults were first reported last January when Shirley began talking to prosecutors as part of a plea agreement.

Hults faces one count of conspiracy to commit arson, but is the last suspect who will likely be charged in the Richmond Hill blast which killed two neighbors, damaged 80 homes, and caused $4 million in losses. Dion and Jennifer Longworth died in the house explosion.

"I can’t say that never will there be anyone else charged, we never know as we go forward what additional information might be developed. I can say certainly that there’s no active investigation of anyone else at this time," Curry said.

Hults is currently being held on $100,000 bond and is expected in court for an initial hearing Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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