Two Men Charged With Murder For Slaying Pastor’s Pregnant Wife

Two Men Charged With Murder For Slaying Pastor’s Pregnant Wife
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Two men have been charged with murder for the death of a pregnant pastor’s wife, investigators said.


Court documents further reveal that one of the suspects watched Amanda Blackburn bleed to death after she was shot in the head on November 10. Larry Jo Taylor, 18, faces 13 charges in connection with the crime, an alleged home invasion that turned into a slaying. Taylor’s accomplice, Jalen Watson, 21, faces nine similar charges including murder. The victim was shot once in the head in the home she lived in with her husband, Davey, and their son, Weston. While the child was at home during the incident, he was unharmed.

Marion County Prosecutor, Terry Curry, said that Taylor, Weston and a third suspect, Diano Gordan, had invaded the home of the Blackburns through an unlocked door. Davey had been returning from the gym when he found his unconscious wife lying on the floor. She was bleeding from her head.

According to People, there is no indication of sexual assault, Curry said. While Taylor and Watson are being held on murder charges, Gordan faces unrelated crime charges but could be facing one in the upcoming weeks.

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The three suspects had invaded another home, from where they stole a car, before they arrived at the Blackburn residence. In a statement, the police said, “As further alleged in the probable cause affidavit, Watson and the third individual are believed to have left the Blackburn home in the stolen vehicle, driving to an ATM with Amanda Blackburn’s debit card. The two were in communication with Taylor, who was still at the home, via cellphones.”

“After leaving the scene,” the statement continues, “Larry Taylor is alleged to have stated to witnesses that he killed Amanda Blackburn.”

The probable cause affidavit highlights Taylor’s account about what transpired. “Taylor stated [Amanda Blackburn] charged at him and he shot here somewhere in the upper body so he would not be scratched. Taylor then told them that he leaned over her body and shot her in the back of the head. He leaned further, looked at her face, and watched her bleed,” the affidavit says.

According to ABC News, a handgun had been discovered near the Blackburn home. Lt. Richard Little said the weapon was given to a crime lab for investigating whether it was used in Amanda’s slaying.

Davey said about his deceased wife, “Amanda didn’t have an enemy in the world. I can’t imagine any reason why. That’s why this has baffled us as much as anybody.

“That’s why we’re trusting the investigators. They’ve been so good to us through this whole process, trying to keep us up to speed on what they have.”