2 charged with murdering pastor's wife Amanda Blackburn
An Indianapolis pastor issued a message of forgiveness on Monday after police arrested two people in the murder of his pregnant wife during a home invasion.
Larry Taylor, 18, was initially charged with murdering Amanda Blackburn and hit with a dozen other charges ranging from gun possession to robbery. Hours later, Jalen Watson, 21, was also charged, police said.
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Police named a third burglary suspect, Diano Gordon, 24, who is being held on a parole violation. He has not been charged in the slaying.
Blackburn, 28, was shot dead earlier this month while husband Davey Blackburn was at the gym, according to a statement from Blackburn's church. Their 15-month-old son, Weston, was in his crib at the time but was not harmed.
The Indianapolis Police Department posted screenshots from a surveillance video of the suspect:
Police said the homicide capped a string of three burglaries that day. DNA evidence that linked Watson to Amanda Blackburn's ATM card was crucial in cracking the case, authorities said.
The pastor said in a statement posted to his church's Facebook page Monday morning that he is "extremely relieved" that an arrest was made.
"The investigators have assured me they have a solidly-built case to ensure justice is levied and the process is expedited," he wrote.
"Though everything inside of me wants to hate, be angry, and slip into despair I choose the route of forgiveness, grace and hope," he continued.
"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."
After the pastor's wife was killed, police released images from a surveillance camera that showed a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt walking away from the Blackburn home.
Police Chief Richard Hite said detectives on the Blackburn case worked around the clock to identify the killers.
"They put in a lot of time to make sure we bring justice," he said.