Teen Charged With Killing Pastor's Wife

Indianapolis cops get break in high-profile case
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2015 6:26 AM CST
This frame grab from surveillance video provided by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department shows a suspect in the killing.   (Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department via AP)

(Newser) – Police in Indianapolis say they've solved the high-profile murder of a young pastor's wife. Officers arrested 18-year-old Larry Taylor early Monday and charged him with shooting 28-year-old Amanda Blackburn in the head, reports the Indianapolis Star. Two other suspects are being held as alleged accomplices, reports Fox59. Police say that the three men broke into the family's home after husband Davey Blackburn left for the gym, and that two left with an ATM card to get money while Taylor remained behind and shot the pregnant Blackburn, reports the TV station; she died two days later. The couple's 15-month-old son was unharmed in a crib.

"I think the most confusing things in life are when it seems like bad things happen to good people," Davey Blackburn told NBC News before the arrests. "Amanda didn't have an enemy in the world. Not one. We don't get it." The three men—the others are identified as Jalen Watson and Diano Gordan—also are suspected in a string of recent burglaries and at least one rape in an apartment complex, reports Fox59. More charges are expected in the Blackburn case. (Read more murder stories.)

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