Judge to hear arguments on life without parole sentence in Indianapolis house explosion case

The latest on the case of a man convicted in a deadly home explosion in Indianapolis (all times EDT):

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An Indianapolis man convicted in a home explosion that gutted a subdivision and killed two neighbors will be back in court for a hearing on whether he should face a sentence of life without parole.

St. Joseph County Superior Court Judge John Marnocha will hear arguments Wednesday morning, a day after a jury convicted 46-year-old Mark Leonard of murder, arson and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. Leonard waived his right to have the jury decide whether to recommend the sentence of life without parole on the two counts of murder in the deaths of John "Dion" Longworth and his wife, Jennifer.

Defense attorneys said they filed a motion to have a sentence of life without parole dismissed because they don't believe prosecutors have proven the necessary aggravating factors.