Two Charged In Murder of Former Upstate Pastor’s Wife

INDIANAPOLIS – Two men are charged in the murder of Amanda Blackburn, the wife of a former pastor in the Upstate.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police say Larry Taylor Jr. and Jalen Watson are charged with murder, felony murder and multiple counts of burglary.

Police say they believe that Taylor Jr. carried out the murder.

No charges have been filed against Diano Gordan at this time, although he is being held right now for violating probation.

Police say Taylor, Watson and Gordan are suspected of two burglaries prior to the Blackburn residence, all within 6 hours.

Investigators say Blackburn’s DNA was found on the shirt that was covering the face of the suspect using Blackburn’s stolen bank card.

Watson and Gordan were already in custody on parole violations. Taylor was re-arrested Sunday night after being taken into custody and released a few days earlier.

A fourth person was questioned, too. Officials say that individual knew of the robberies, burglaries and murder, but did not participate. That person was released.

Taylor and Watson then entered the Blackburn home through the unlocked front door, according to the probable cause affidavit.

According to WISH, a sister station, Watson and the third person left the Blackburn home and drove to an ATM to use Blackburn’s debit card. The two were in communication with Taylor via phone. Taylor was later picked up from the Blackburn home and all three left before Davey Blackburn arrived home from the gym.

Amanda Blackburn and family
Amanda Blackburn and family

 

Taylor allegedly told witnesses he killed Amanda Blackburn. Blackburn died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, and she is believed to have been shot three times in total.

Jalen Watson has been charged with Murder, Burglary (Level 1 Felony), Theft (Level 6 Felony), Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (Level 2 Felony), Burglary (Level 4 Felony), Theft (Level 6 Felony), Auto Theft (Level 6 Felony), Burglary (Level 4 Felony) and Theft (Level 6 Felony).

Larry Jo Taylor Jr. has been charged with Murder, Burglary (Level 1 Felony), Theft (Level 6 Felony), Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (Level 2 Felony), Criminal Confinement (Level 3 Felony), Burglary (Level 4 Felony), Theft (Level 6 Felony), Auto Theft (Level 6 Felony), Burglary (Level 4 Felony), Theft (Level 6 Felony) and Carrying a Handgun without a License (Class A Misdemeanor).

Watson will have his initial hearing Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. and Taylor Jr. will have his at 8:30 a.m.

Police say the community was helpful in coming forward with surveillance video, pics and tips

PHOTOS: NEIGHBORHOOD THANKS POLICE FOR ARREST

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