Arrest made in death of Ind. pastor’s wife

An arrest was made in the killing of Amanda Blackburn.


NDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has arrested a man in connection to Amanda Blackburn’s murder. Detectives arrested 18-year-old Larry Taylor late Sunday night.

In a release, IMPD said its Violent Crimes Unit, Gangs Unit and U.S. Marshals were involved in the arrest. IMPD said Taylor now faces a preliminary murder charge.

IMPD Chief Rick Hite released a statement overnight saying:

“We are thankful to our federal, state and local partnerships that aided in the apprehension of the suspect in this terrible and senseless crime. All victims of criminal homicides deserve closure, and as a community we must send a collective message that violence is not an option. Our detectives have worked tirelessly going days without sleep to solve murders in our city. With the assistance of Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler and Prosecutor Terry Curry justice will be done!”

Sources within IMPD told 24-Hour News 8’s Julian Grace that Taylor was one of three men questioned last week, but he was later released.

Police also questioned 21-year-old Jalen Watson. He’s still in jail on an unrelated charge.

Blackburn, 28, the pregnant wife of pastor Davey Blackburn, was fatally shot during a home invasion in Indianapolis Nov. 10, according to police.

A photo of a suspect in the case was released last week.

Appearing on “Inside Edition” Thursday, Davey Blackburn begged the public for information that could help the investigation.

“If anybody is withholding information, we would beg them, please come forward,” he said.

More than 2,000 people gathered at Amanda Blackburn’s celebration of life service.

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