Two Charged With Murdering Pastor’s Wife Amanda Blackburn

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2 men charged with murder in shooting death of Indianapolis pastor’s pregnant wife.

INDIANAPOLIS — Two men were charged Monday with murder in the fatal shooting of a pastor’s pregnant wife during an apparent break in of their Indianapolis home, court records show.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.A three-man crime spree on the morning of Nov. 10 ended in the murder of an Indianapolis pastor’s pregnant wife, according to a newly released legal filing. Larry Taylor of Indianapolis was arrested on a preliminary murder charge in the death of 28-year-old Amanda Blackburn, who was shot and killed while she was at home with her 1-year-old son on Nov. 10, according to Indianapolis police. “All victims of criminal homicides deserve closure, and as a community we must send a collective message that violence is not an option,” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite said in a statement.

WXIN 59, the Fox TV affiliate in Indianapolis, reported that in fact three suspects had been detained in connection with the rape and murder of Blackburn. Detectives believe the men entered Blackburn’s home, which was unlocked and two left with her ATM card to retrieve money, while Taylor allegedly raped and shot her, WXIN reported. Online court records show Taylor faces 13 charges that include murder, burglary, criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.

ATM receipts were in a vehicle stolen previously, and the detectives also gathered evidence linking the suspects to the use of Blackburn’s credit card, WXIN said. Investigators told him that they have a strong case, Blackburn said, adding that he was thankful for their “compassion and professionalism.” “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,” he said. It wasn’t clear if all the charges arose from Blackburn’s killing, or if they might also include charges stemming from what police have said was the burglary of a nearby home shortly before she was attacked. 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. The Blackburns 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.

They allegedly broke into an apartment miles away from the Blackburns where they stole an iPhone from the sleeping occupant’s bedroom, car keys, a laptop and a wallet, according to an account provided to the police by an unnamed “cooperating individual” and outlined in a probable cause affidavit. After discovering a security camera in the residence, Taylor wanted to kill the sleeping occupant, but Watson and Gordon talked him down, the account reveals.

In search of even more money, they finally arrived at the unlocked Blackburn residence, with Amanda, then 12 weeks pregnant, and her 15-month-old son inside. He leaned further, looked at her face, and watched her bleed.” Her husband returned home from the gym around 7:30 a.m. that morning, but remained on the phone with a friend in the driveway until about 8:20 a.m., according to the affidavit. At an afternoon news conference Monday, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said there was “no sufficient evidence to file sexual assault charges.” “She loved the people who were unlovable, gave hope to people who didn’t have hope, didn’t think they had a future,” Davey told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” last week. “Amanda didn’t have an enemy in the world. … That’s why this has baffled us as much as anybody.” “We know who killed her,” IMPD police Capt.

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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