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Two charged in murder of pastor's wife in Indianapolis

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office has filed murder charges against two men in the death of Amanda Blackburn. She was killed during a home invasion on the morning of November 10 in her Indianapolis home.

Larry Jo Taylor, Jr, 18, and Jalen Watson, 21, are each facing murder charges along with multiple other charges related to three burglaries the morning of Blackburn's murder.

The morning of November 10, Taylor, Watson and a third person are accused of burglarizing a home on San Clemente Drive where they stole property and a vehicle, burglarizing a home on Sunnyfield Court where they stole property, and burglarizing the Blackburn home, also on Sunnyfield Court.

At the Blackburn home, the three are accused of taking a laptop and books from the home, then Watson and the third person are accused of taking Amanda's ATM card to the ATM while Taylor stayed at the home, according to the probable cause affidavit.

All three left the home before Amanda's husband returned home.

Taylor allegedly told witnesses he killed Amanda. He said he shot her in the upper body when she lunged at him, then shot her in the head and watched her bleed, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The autopsy determined  Blackburn had been shot three times. Once in the back of the head, once in the upper back and once in the lower left arm.

She had been shot three times, in the back of the head, in her upper back and lower left arm.

Taylor

  • Murder
  • Burglary - (of Blackburn residence)
  • Theft - (of Blackburn property)
  • Robbery resulting in serious bodily injury (injury to Amanda)
  • Criminal confinement (Holding Amanda while armed)
  • Burglary (of a dwelling on San Clemente Dr)
  • Theft (of property from San  Clemente Drive)
  • Auto theft (of Chrysler Sebring from San Clemente Drive home)
  • Burglary (another home on Sunnyfield Court)
  • Theft (of property from second Sunnyfield Court home)
  • Carrying a handgun without a license

Watson

  • Murder
  • Burglary (of Blackburn residence)
  • Theft (of property from Blackburn residence)
  • Robbery resulting in serious bodily injury (Blackburn's injuries)
  • Burglary (San Clemente Drive residence)
  • Theft (of property from San Clemente Drive residence)
  • Auto theft (of Chrysler Sebring from San Clemente Drive residence)
  • Burglary (of the other Sunnyfield Court residence)
  • Theft (of property from other Sunnyfield Court residence)

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