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Bob Leonard’s attorney urges jurors to keep open mind

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP): An attorney for an Indianapolis man accused of conspiring with his half brother to blow up a home as part of an insurance fraud scheme has urged jurors to keep an open mind.

Defense attorney Ted Minch told jurors during his opening statement Thursday in the trial of 57-year-old Bob Leonard that they’ll hear emotional testimony about death and destruction, but said their verdict can’t be based on emotions.

Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson told jurors the state won’t allege that Leonard intended to kill anyone, but that the defendants should have known their actions had “a high probability of doing so.”

Leonard faces the same 53 charges that his brother, Mark Leonard, was convicted of last summer. Those charges include two counts of murder in the deaths of two people.

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