An 18-year-old has been charged in connection with the murder of an Indiana pastor’s pregnant wife, reports said.
The pastor and husband of the 28-year-old pregnant woman who was fatally shot during an apparent home invasion said Monday that he’s “extremely relieved” police have arrested the suspect.
The news of the arrest of Larry Taylor on a preliminary murder charge in Amanda Blackburn’s killing came about two weeks after she died. “Though it does not undo the pain we are feeling, I was extremely relieved to get the news of the arrest made last night of Amanda’s killer,” Pastor Davey Blackburn said. He added that he hoped “Jesus would give me and our family a heart of forgiveness.”
“Though everything inside of me wants to hate, be angry, and slip into despair I choose the route of forgiveness, grace and hope,” Blackburn said in a statement that appeared on Resonate Church’s Facebook page.
Investigators ensured Blackburn that they have a strong case.
Taylor was arrested by officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s gang and violent-crime units along with U.S. marshals, police said. “We are thankful to our federal, state and local partnerships that aided in the apprehension of the suspect in this terrible and senseless crime,” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department chief Rick Hite said, according to The Washington Post.
It was not immediately clear if Taylor had an attorney, but the Marion County prosecutor’s office is expected to look at the case, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Two other men are in custody on parole violations and are considered suspects in the attack, according to local TV station Fox 59.
Amanda Blackburn was shot in the head during an attack on the couple’s home on Nov. 10 and died the following day. She was 13 weeks pregnant and her unborn baby did not survive.
The Blackburn’s 15-month-old son, Weston, was in his crib upstairs when the attack occurred, but he remained unharmed. Davey Blackburn had gone to the gym that morning and returned to find Amanda injured.