Arrest made in murder of pregnant wife of Indianapolis pastor

23 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cops nab suspect in rape and killing of pastor’s wife.

The husband of a pregnant Indianapolis woman fatally shot during an apparent home invasion said Monday that he’s “extremely relieved” police have arrested a suspect in her killing but said it doesn’t “undo the pain we are feeling.” Pastor Davey Blackburn said in a statement that he’s grateful for the overnight arrest of 18-year-old Larry Taylor on a preliminary murder charge in Amanda Blackburn’s killing, which came about two weeks after her death. “Though it does not undo the pain we are feeling, I was extremely relieved to get the news of the arrest made last night of Amanda’s killer,” Davey Blackburn said. Indianapolis cops busted an 18-year-old for the alleged rape and slaying of a pastor’s wife during a home invasion earlier this month, authorities said Monday.A teenager has been charged with murder over the death of the pregnant wife of a church pastor who was shot and killed while her husband was at the gym. He said investigators have told him they have a “solidly-built case.” Blackburn said he hopes the “court system would have wisdom on how to prosecute this man, so that no one else endures the pain Amanda and our family have had to endure because of his actions.” Amanda Blackburn, 28, was shot in the head during the Nov. 10 attack at the couple’s home and died the next day. Authorities believe that the three suspects entered the unlocked Indianapolis home on Nov. 10 as Amanda Blackburn was waiting for husband Davey to return from the gym, according to Fox 59.

Watson and Gordon were jailed for parole violations while Taylor was let go before he was arrested on Sunday night and booked on the murder rap, according to WXIN. Police believe Mr Taylor planned to rob the Blackburn’s home. “I think the most confusing things in life are when it seems like bad things happen to good people,” Ms Blackburn’s husband, Davey Blackburn, told NBC News. “All victims of criminal homicides deserve closure, and as a community we must send a collective message that violence is not an option,” Police Chief Rick Hite said in the statement.

If there is one thing I’ve learned from Amanda in the 10 years we were together, it’s this: choosing to let my emotions drive my decisions is recipe for a hopeless and fruitless life.” The family and I couldn’t be more thankful for the level of compassion and professionalism …investigators have shown us through the last couple of weeks.” “We are thankful to our federal, state and local partnerships that aided in the apprehension of the suspect in this terrible and senseless crime. Two additional suspects, both young men in their early 20s, have been taken into custody in conjunction with a related series of robberies in the area, sources close to the investigation told local news station Fox 59.

Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter. “It’s really hard to sort through all of the emotions of what we’re feeling about all this,” Davey told ABC News last week. “We’re confused.

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