On Monday, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said that an 18-year-old was arrested in the murder case of an Indiana pastor’s wife who was shot in the head during a home invasion on Nov. 10.
Pastor Davey Blackburn recently expressed his relief because of the recent arrest, but he added that nothing would erase the pain cause by the loss of his beloved wife Amanda Blackburn and their unborn child, who was just 13 weeks old at the time of the attack.
Pastor Blackburn added that he was briefed by investigators they had a solid case on his wife murder but they declined to give him ‘a ton of details.’ The man expressed his hopes that the judicial system would properly prosecute the killer to prevent other tragic acts from occurring.
Ms. Blackburn, 28, was shot in the head by a suspect during a home invasion, but no goods were stolen. Her 15-month-old toddler was in a crib upstairs and he was found unharmed.
Amanda died the day after at a hospital and doctors couldn’t save her child. When the attack occurred, pastor Davey Blackburn was at a gym as surveillance cameras confirmed.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced Monday that they took into custody Larry Taylor, 18, with the assistance of U.S. Marshals. The man is currently charged with murder, and it is not clear whether he has an attorney.
On early Monday, Indianapolis police couldn’t be reached for comment on the arrest. Marion County prosecutor’s office also declined to tell whether there would be any charges filed against the 18-year-old man.
The IMPD chief Rick Hite said that all victims of murders need justice, and murderers should get the message clear that violence is not an option and their actions do have repercussions. Hite added that the department’s detectives ‘tirelessly’ worked day and night to solve murder cases including that of Ms. Blackburn.
Investigators currently plan to further investigate the case and follow all leads since they suspect that others may be also involved. They believe that the suspect might have stalked the Blackburns that morning and waited for the perfect moment when Mr. Blackburn left home.
Police think that Taylor may have committed burglary in a nearby home before the attack. Taylor was caught on surveillance cameras and until his arrest police circulated images of him on all channels available.
The pastor and his wife moved to Indianopolis to open an independent church three years ago.
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