Family connects Bob Leonard Jr. to fatal 2012 Richmond Hill explosion

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Court sketch of Bob Leonard Jr.

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Feb. 12, 2015)– Bob Leonard Jr.’s son, Justin Leonard, testified against his father Friday morning in Allen County.

Justin testified in an orange jail jumpsuit.  He was recently arrested on several unrelated charges in Hendricks County.

He described the relationship with his father as turbulent, but Justin told the jury their bond was improving.

“We hadn’t talked to each other for about a 10-year stretch.  It’s getting better though.  We don’t do father-son things or nothing like that,” said Justin.

In the days following the 2012 Richmond Hill explosion, Justin says his dad called him and asked him to come over.

Justin drove to Bob’s south side trailer with his ex-girlfriend Jessica Goodwin.

At the time, Justin lived at Goodwin’s house in the Fountain Square neighborhood.

Jessica was feeling under the weather and decided to wait in the car while Justin talked with his dad inside the trailer.

Both Justin and Goodwin recall seeing an unfamiliar white van parked in the driveway. Bob allegedly told Justin the van belonged to Mark Leonard.

Once inside the trailer, Bob allegedly told Justin about the explosion that displaced Mark Leonard from the Richmond Hill home that he was living at.

Bob asked his son to store some of his Uncle Mark’s belongings. Justin recalls taking several totes, a briefcase, boxes, golf clubs and a box with a single driver in it.

During a jail phone interview with Bob, FOX59 questioned his decision to give Justin the items.

“I gave it to Justin because he came over to borrow money form me and he was there anyway and I said, ‘Hey take this stuff to your house until I find out what’s going on with your uncle Mark,'” said Bob.

The items were then brought back to Goodwin’s house and stored in the basement. Justin told the jury he thought he was helping his uncle get back on his feet.

A few days later, Bob retrieved the items after Justin and Goodwin ended their relationship.

The state prosecutors expect to call its last witness on Wednesday. The jury could have the case as soon as Friday.

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