Worries Raised in Indianapolis Blast Trial
Created by kblakeslee on 12/5/2013 2:35:08 PM


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Some legal experts see potential problems with a prosecutor's proposal to hold a single trial before separate juries for the three people charged with causing a deadly explosion that devastated an Indianapolis neighborhood.
 
A judge has ordered separate trials for the three people, but Marion County deputy prosecutor Denise Robinson said Wednesday that doing them at once would save time and money. She estimates a combined trial could be done in two months, while separate trials could take six weeks each.
 
Homeowner Monserrate Shirley, her then-boyfriend and his brother face murder and arson charges for the November 2012 explosion that killed two of her neighbors and wrecked dozens of houses.
 
Indiana University law professor Novella Nedeff says the chances of legal mistakes happening are much greater in a combined trial.