Reacting to an announcement Monday that a teenager has been arrested for the rape and murder of his late wife Amanda, Resonate Church Pastor Davey Blackburn said he was "extremely relieved" to hear the news.
"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. The investigators have assured me they have a solidly-built case to ensure justice is levied and the process is expedited. The family and I couldn't be more thankful for the level of compassion and professionalism the IMPD and investigators have shown us through the last couple of weeks," said Blackburn in a statement posted on the Resonate Church's Facebook page.
He noted that he hoped in the months to come, the court system would use wisdom in prosecuting the teenager and that he would also repent of his actions. He also hoped that "Jesus would give me and our family a heart of forgiveness." more >>
Police in Indianapolis, Indiana, announced Monday that they have arrested a teenager for the murder of Amanda Blackburn, the pregnant 28-year-old wife of Resonate Church Pastor Davey Blackburn, who was raped then shot during a recent home invasion.
A statement from the Indianapolis Metro Police Department said the teenager, identified as Larry Taylor of Indianapolis was arrested on a preliminary charge of murder.
On Monday afternoon Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced formal against Taylor and Jalen Watson also of Indianapolis. They were charged with multiple felonies including Amanda's murder. more >>
Amanda Blackburn, the pregnant 28-year-old wife of Resonate Church Pastor Davey Blackburn who was fatally shot in the head during a home invasion last Tuesday, was also sexually assaulted.
Although the sexual assault hasn't yet been officially confirmed by the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, several sources close to the investigation told WTHR that DNA evidence could play a major role in identifying Amanda's killer. The sources noted that during the burglary, Amanda not only put up a fight, but was also tragically sexually assaulted.
The WTHR report further noted that police spoke with four persons of interest Thursday and one of them was identified as 21-year-old Jalen Watson, who was arrested on a parole violation after he spoke with police. more >>
Indiana will soon consider a bill that will implement anti-discrimination measures for LGBT individuals while providing certain exemptions for religious liberty.
Introduced by Republican State Senator Travis Holdman on Tuesday, the new bill will add gender identity and sexual orientation to state antidiscrimination code while including assorted religious liberty exemptions.
According to the bill's synopsis, the proposed legislation will prohibit "discriminatory practices in acquisition or sale of real estate, housing, education, public accommodations, employment, the extending of credit, and public contracts based on military active duty status, sexual orientation, or gender identity." more >>
Perhaps you will cry after reading this heartbreaking note from Amber Byars Wilkinson, the sister of pregnant pastor's wife, Amanda Blackburn, who died after being shot in the head inside her Indiana home last Tuesday.
In a haunting Facebook post just two days after her sister was pronounced dead at a local hospital in Indianapolis, Amber Byars Wilkinson, Amanda's older sister, shared two moving memories about her hero sibling.
The first memory was about the birth of her nephew, Amanda's son, Weston, on July 28, 2014. more >>
Speaking publicly for the first time since his pregnant wife, Amanda, was fatally shot in the head inside their home in Indianapolis last Tuesday, Resonate Church Pastor Davey Black said he is "confused" because his wife "didn't have an enemy in the world."
"It's really hard to sort through all of the emotions of what we're feeling about all this," Blackburn told ABC News. "We're confused. We don't understand why. We're angry. We're not really sure what to do."
"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," he said. more >>