The case of a pastor’s wife found dead in a home invasion has taken a turn as the husband is no longer ruled a suspect, and now police are offering a reward in hopes of learning the identity of the killer. The suspect was caught on surveillance cameras on more than one street, according to FOX News.
The pastor’s wife, Amanda Blackburn, 28, was found shot in the head at her home when her husband, Davey Blackburn, returned to his home from the gym on Tuesday morning. Amanda Blackburn, who was 12 weeks pregnant, died Wednesday at a local hospital shortly after the home invasion.
Indianapolis Metro Police Sgt. Kendale Adams said that neither her husband nor any other family members are suspects, and investigators have obtained time-stamped surveillance footage from a local LA Fitness that shows Davey Blackburn arriving and leaving the gym that morning.
The pastor whose wife was found dead in a home invasion released a statement overnight, saying: “It’s impossible to communicate all the emotions my heart has been forced to process. … I have not only lost my ministry partner and support but also my very best friend.”
CNN reported that the couple’s 1-year-old son was home when the alleged home invasion occurred and Adams said that some security footage from neighbors’ homes has been collected as part of the ongoing investigation.
“Investigators are working on leads that detectives have been receiving,” Adams said. Adams also confirmed that part of the investigation is focusing on whether the Blackburn break-in is connected to other recent break-ins in the area.
Crimestoppers has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to a felony arrest in the case.
The couple regularly posted about their relationship on social media and shared videos where they answered questions from the congregation of the church that Blackburn founded, Resonate Church, shortly after moving to Indianapolis from South Carolina in January 2012. In one such YouTube video en route to a “romantic getaway” in Chicago, they offered marriage advice: “You can lead your wife best, by just being a really, really good Godly example to her.”
The pastor whose wife was found dead in a home invasion moved from South Carolina with his wife to found the independent Resonate Church in Indianapolis in 2012. Amanda Blackburn’s father is lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Elkhart, Indiana, and Davey Blackburn’s father, Dave Blackburn, is lead pastor at Next Church in Brevard, North Carolina.