INDIANAPOLIS – The trial of three people charged with murder and other counts stemming from an Indianapolis house explosion likely wont begin until next year after a judge granted defense attorneys request for more time to review evidence, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Marion Superior Court Judge Sheila Carlisle ordered attorneys to confer with one another on possible trial dates during a hearing in which new charges were read against the defendants.
Deputy Marion County Prosecutor Denise Robinson said afterward that its most likely a trial wont begin until next year because preparation for what she called a standard murder case typically takes nine to 12 months.
And, this case is very complicated, she said. Well be ready when the defense is ready. That could be yet in 2013. But, I think realistically, were looking at going into 2014.
The trial originally was scheduled to begin next month. Carlisle doesnt expect to set a new date until mid-April.
Multiple trials also are possible after attorneys for two of the defendants, Monserrate Shirley and boyfriend Mark Leonard, said they plan to file motions seeking to have their clients tried separately. The third defendant is Leonards brother, Bob.