2 Suspects in Murder of Indiana Pastor’s Wife Amanda Blackburn Now Have Plea Deals


Two of the three suspects charged with the 2015 murder of Amanda Blackburn, who was a 28-year-old Indiana pastor’s wife, have now had the murder charges against them dropped after agreeing to plea deals, while the case for murder against the remaining suspect is still pending.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office said in a Fox 59 report that charges including the murder against suspect Diano Gordon, now 26, will be dismissed in exchange for his pleading guilty to robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and burglary.

The late Amanda Blackburn had moved with her husband, Davey Blackburn, from South Carolina in 2012 to start Resonate Church in Indiana. On the morning of Nov. 10, while Davey was away at the gym, police said his wife was shot three times, including once in the head during a home invasion. She succumbed to her injuries the following day along with their unborn daughter, Everette “Evie” Grace Blackburn.

Police announced the arrests of two men, Larry Jo Taylor Jr., then 18, and his accomplice, Jalen Watson, then 21, and charged them with murder and a litany of other crimes in late November 2015. Gordon, who was 24, at the time, was arrested and charged in December 2015.

Watson also had charges including murder dismissed against him in a plea deal in October 2017 in an agreement that would see him joining Gordon in testifying against Taylor, who authorities are hoping to convict for the murder.

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SOURCE: Christian Post