Duo Plead Not Guilty to Murder of Indiana Pastor’s Wife

Two men accused of murder in the death of a pastor’s pregnant wife in Indiana have pleaded not guilty. 

18-year-old Larry Taylor and 21-year-old Jalen Watson appeared in court Tuesday for their first time. 

The duo each face multiple charges including murder, theft and burglary in the killing of Amanda Blackburn during a violent home invasion on November 10. 

Blackburn was shot in the head during the attack and died two days later. 

She was 13 weeks pregnant and the child did not survive.  Attorneys haven’t yet decided whether they will pursue charges related to the death of the fetus. 

Blackburn’s 15-month-old son, Weston, was home but not harmed in the attack. 

Her husband, Davey Blackburn, a well-known pastor in Indianapolis, had gone to the gym.  He returned home to find his wife shot. 

According to court records, Watson, Taylor and a third man entered the couple’s home through an unlocked front door. 

That’s when they encountered Amanda, who put up a fight with the suspects. 

Detectives say that Larry Taylor allegedly shared with the other suspects that he shot Amanda in the back of the head. 

In a statement released Monday, Davey Blackburn said he was “extremely relieved” to hear of arrests in this case. 

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said his office will review evidence in the coming weeks and meet with Blackburn’s family before making a decision on whether to pursue the death penalty. 

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