Amanda Blackburn, the wife of an Indianapolis pastor, was three months pregnant when she was raped and shot in the head during a home intrusion. On Monday, Prosecutor Terry Curry announced during a press conference that 18-year-old Larry Jo Taylor, Jr. and 21-year-old Jalen Watson were charged with the murder.
As reported by Fox 59 on November 23, the third man accused of the murder of Amanda Blackburn is 24-year-old Diano Gordan. He is currently being held on a parole violation.
According to court documents, the three suspects, who refer to themselves as “The Kill Gang,” are being accused of entering the Blackburn’s home in Indianapolis on November 10 after having committed two other burglaries in the area. Detectives linked the three suspects to the crime after a car obtained during the first burglary was found and the suspects had used Blackburn’s credit card.
At the time of the home invasion, pregnant Amanda Blackburn was home alone with her 1-year-old son who was upstairs. Amanda’s husband, Pastor Davey Blackburn, had gone to the gym and found his shot wife unconscious in their Indianapolis home when he returned home. Amanda never regained consciousness and died at the hospital two days later.
Police believe that the three suspects broke into the Blackburn home around 6 a.m. after the pastor had left it. While away, the pastor’s wife was reportedly raped and shot in the left arm, her upper back, and to the back of the head by 18-year-old Larry Jo Taylor, Jr.
“Taylor has been charged with felony murder, three counts of burglary, three counts of theft, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, criminal confinement, auto theft and carrying a handgun without a license. Watson has been charged with murder, three counts of burglary, three counts of theft, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and auto theft.”
After the news broke that his wife’s killers had been arrested, Pastor Davey Blackburn thanked the IMPD and investigators for their efficient work. “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. The investigators have assured me they have a solidly-built case to ensure justice is levied and the process is expedited.”
In regard to his wife’s death, the pastor says that while everything inside of him wants to hate, be angry, and slip into despair, he hopes that he can choose the kind of power of love over hate that Amanda Blackburn had taught him.