A suspect in the Amanda Blackburn murder has been arrested in Indianapolis. Blackburn was a pregnant woman who was shot and killed in a home invasion on November 10.
Police Sgt. Kendale Adams named the suspect as 18-year-old Larry Taylor. He faces a preliminary charge of murder in the shooting, according to FOX News.
Marion County prosecutors will decide upon a final charge.
Detectives from Indianapolis’ Violent Crimes Unit worked together with the Gangs Units and with federal marshals to take Taylor into custody.
Amanda Blackburn, who was married to Resonate Church Pastor Davey Blackburn, was 12 weeks pregnant when she died.
The couple’s 1-year-old son was home when the shooting occurred, but was unharmed. Pastor Blackburn discovered his wife after returning from the gym that morning, the couple’s church said.
Amanda Blackburn was taken to Indiana University Methodist Hospital in critical condition, where she later died.
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“My wife was such a beautiful, gracious, loving woman of God,” Davey Blackburn said in a message to his congregation then. “I have not only lost my ministry partner and support but also my very best friend. There is no way to prepare yourself for circumstances like these.”
Blackburn said he will take time to grieve and focus on his young son, all the while remaining optimistic.
“I hold firm to the belief that God is still good, that he takes our tragedy and turns it into triumph, and that the best truly is yet to come.”
Police say three suspects have been arrested who were trying to break into the Blackburn’s home and confronted Amanda. They say they believe two of the men took her ATM card and left to withdraw money, while Taylor raped her as her 15-month-old son lay in his crib nearby, then shot her in the head.
Amanda’s husband, Pastor Davey Blackburn, discovered her lying on the floor when he returned home from the gym. Blackburn died in the hospital two days later.
Amanda Blackburn’s death attracted widespread attention because of its brutality, and because Amanda, a blonde, wholesome pastor’s wife and stay-at-home mother, seemed an unlikely target for violence. Davey Blackburn appeared several times on local and national TV outlets to plead for information in the case and to discuss the couple’s religious beliefs.