Three men arrested in murder of pregnant pastor’s wife

By Dave Andrusko

Davey and Amanda Blackburn and Weston

Davey and Amanda Blackburn and Weston

Three men were charged today in connection with the death of Amanda Blackburn, a pastor’s pregnant wife who was murdered in a November 10 alleged home invasion that turned deadly.

This morning a “slew of charges” were filed against 18-year-old Larry Taylor, the Indianapolis Star reported. In addition to murder, “According to court filings, Taylor also faces felony burglary, theft, robbery, auto theft and criminal confinement charges, along with a misdemeanor charge of carrying a handgun without a license,” the Star reported.

Early this afternoon Jason Watson ,21, was also charged with murder and other charges. As of 2:30 pm, it was not clear what charges had been filed against Diano Gordon, who is 24.

Mrs. Blackmun, who was 13 weeks pregnant, was shot in the head in the Indianapolis home she shared with her husband, Pastor Davey Blackburn. “The couple’s 15-month-old son, Weston, was at home upstairs in a crib but was not harmed in the attack,” according to The Chicago Tribune.

She died in the hospital two days later.

Her husband had gone to the gym earlier that morning. Both are children of pastors.

Investigators believe Taylor “whom neighbors also reported seeing walking in the area, may have seen Davey Blackburn leave that morning shortly after the suspect allegedly burglarized a nearby house. Police had sought the public’s help by circulating images of a man caught on home surveillance cameras,” The Tribune reported. “The Blackburns moved to Indianapolis from South Carolina to found the independent Resonate Church in 2012.”

In a statement Rev. Blackburn said he hoped for three things, the first of which was “That 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.”

But he went on, in an amazingly magnanimous fashion, to later add

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. Today I am deciding to extend forgiveness, not bitterness. Today I am deciding to hope, not despair. By Jesus’ power at work within us, the best is STILL yet to come. Even when I don’t see it, I believe it to be true.

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