Suspects in Amanda Blackburn's murder charged in separate rape, burglary

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WXIN) -- New charges have been filed against two men previously charged in the murder of Amanda Blackburn.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Friday Larry Jo Taylor and Jalen Watson face charges in a burglary and rape that occurred on Nov. 3 on the west side.

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Taylor faces three counts of rape, burglary, theft, armed robbery, criminal confinement and auto theft.

Watson was charged with burglary, theft, armed robbery, criminal confinement and auto theft.

According to court documents, the two men entered the victim's apartment while she was alone. They demanded money and asked where her bank cards were.

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Taylor allegedly sexually assaulted the victim at gunpoint while Watson went through the apartment, taking items that belonged to the victim and her roommate.

A cell phone, laptop, television, jewelry, headphones and a purse were taken, along with the victim's car.

Investigators believe some of the items were sold soon after. The victim's vehicle was found.

DNA evidence led police to charge Taylor in this case.

Taylor and Watson also face charges in the Nov. 10 shooting death of Amanda Blackburn. They are also accused of committing two additional burglaries on that morning with an additional suspect, Diano Gordon.

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