On Nov. 10, three Indiana men allegedly invaded the residence of Pastor Davey Blackburn and raped and murdered his wife, Amanda Blackburn.
Authorities believe the three suspects trespassed into the unlocked Indianapolis home as Amanda Blackburn was expecting her husband, Davey Blackburn, to return from the gym, reports NY Daily News.
As suspects Jalen Watson and Diano Gordan allegedly stole her ATM card before leaving, Larry Taylor purportedly raped, and then shot Amanda in the head.
(Larry Taylor and Jalen Watson via Daily Mail)
Taylor, 18, was indicted for murder, felony burglary, theft, robbery, auto theft, criminal confinement and carrying an unlicensed handgun, according to the Indianapolis Star. Jalen Watson and Diano Gordan are being detained on parole abuses.
The three suspects are predicted to be charged for three separate burglaries and sexual assault, according to 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,” Indianapolis Police Chief Rick Hite stated. “Our detectives have worked tirelessly going days without sleep to solve murders in our city.”
(Diano Gordon via Daily Mail)
Amanda Blackburn was 13 weeks pregnant when she was murdered, according to NY Daily News. The couple also have a 15-month-old son, who was in a crib upstairs while the attack happened.
Davey Blackburn said he was tremendously relieved to learn about the arrests and said in a statement:
“Though everything inside of me wants to hate, be angry, and slip into despair I choose the route of forgiveness, grace and hope. 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. Today I am deciding to love, not hate.”
Detectives told Davey that they have a “solidly-built case.” In the statement, Davey said that he has faith “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."