Pastor says he picks ‘love, not hate’ after teen’s arrest in pregnant wife’s …

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

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An 18-year-old man arrested in the fatal shooting of an Indianapolis pastor’s pregnant wife during an apparent home invasion will face 13 charges, including murder, according to court records updated Monday.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.

Two weeks after the killing of his pregnant wife, Pastor Davey Blackburn said he’s relieved that police have arrested a suspect between Sunday and Monday. “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,” Mr.The young Indiana pastor whose pregnant wife was murdered less than two weeks ago said Monday that he was “extremely relieved” by news that a suspect was arrested.Three suspects have been detained in the death of Amanda Blackburn, the pregnant pastor’s wife who was found shot in the head in her home, police in Indianapolis said. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry scheduled a Monday afternoon news conference to announce criminal charges in Amanda Blackburn’s killing, but provided no other details. Amanda Blackburn, 28, was pregnant when she was gunned down inside the house she shared with Davey Blackburn, who preaches at Resonate Church in Indianapolis.

Davey Blackburn, whose 28-year-old wife Amanda was killed in their home on Nov. 10, also said that he hoped “that Jesus would give me and our family a heart of forgiveness.” “Though everything inside of me wants to hate, be angry, and slip into despair I choose the route of forgiveness, grace and hope,” Blackburn said in a statement posted Monday morning on the Resonate Church’s Facebook page. Online court records show Larry Jo Taylor Jr., who was arrested overnight on a preliminary murder charge in her death, faces 13 charges that include murder, burglary, criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. 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. It wasn’t clear if all the charges arose from Blackburn’s killing, or if they might also include charges stemming from Taylor’s alleged involvement in the burglary of a nearby home shortly before she was attacked.

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. Today I am deciding to hope, not despair.” Davey and Amanda Blackburn had moved to Indianapolis in January of 2012 “with a dream and a calling to start a life-giving church that would connect with people who normally wouldn’t connect with church,” the couple wrote on Resonate Church‘s Web site. 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.

All victims of criminal homicides deserve closure, and as a community we must send a collective message that violence is not an option,” said IMPD Chief Rick Hite on Monday. “Our detectives have worked tirelessly going days without sleep to solve murders in our city.” • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? 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. After Davey left to go to the gym at around 6:10 a.m., at least one armed intruder came into the Blackburns’ unlocked home, presumably to rob what he thought was an empty house. Fox59 reports that Blackburn was first raped, citing sources, but the counts filed on Tuesday do not include sexual assault charges, according to reports.

Craig Converse said during a Nov. 13 news conference, according to the Associated Press. “At least we have a picture of him, but we don’t know the name.” “It was such an obscure photo. She said, ‘We don’t know what the future holds but we know who holds the future and that’s Jesus.’ “We’re drawing our strength from that and we know that Jesus holds the future and we can’t see it clearly but she sees it clearly now because she’s in Heaven with Jesus and we’ll see her soon.”

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