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    Three suspects arrested in Amanda Blackburn rape, murder investigation
    Posted 12:59 AM, November 23, 2015, by Russ McQuaid
    Updated at 03:03am, November 23, 2015

    [...]

    The suspects are Larry Taylor, Jalen Watson and Diano Gordan.
    Watson and Gordon are in custody being held on parole violations. Taylor, who was previously taken into custody and released, was re-arrested Sunday night at a relativeís home, according to police.

    [...]

    While two of the suspects left with Blackburnís ATM card to retrieve money, a source told Fox 59 News, Taylor reportedly raped and killed Amanda.

    ATM receipts were found in the vehicle and detectives also gathered evidence linking the suspects to the use of Blackburnís credit card.

    A gun has also been recovered.

    At least one of the suspects is cooperating with detectives.
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    Amanda Blackburn murder: Davey Blackburn releases statement following arrest of suspect
    Jordan Fischer
    Posted: 2:35 AM, Nov 23, 2015
    Updated:20 mins ago

    [...]

    Davey released a statement Monday morning on the arrest:

    "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. My hope is for 3 things in the weeks and months to come:

    (1) That the court system would have wisdom on how to prosecute this man, so that no one else endures the pain Amanda and our family have had to endure because of his actions.

    (2) That through all of this and although there will be great consequences for his actions, he would become truly sorry for what he has done and would even begin to experience the life-transforming power of the Grace and Mercy of Jesus Christ.

    (3) That 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. If there is one thing I've learned from Amanda in the 10 years we were together, it's this: Choosing to let my emotions drive my decisions is recipe for a hopeless and fruitless life. Today I am deciding to love, not hate. Today I am deciding to extend forgiveness, not bitterness. Today I am deciding to hope, not despair. By Jesus' power at work within us, the best is STILL yet to come. Even when I don't see it, I believe it to be true."
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    Amanda Blackburn murder arrest: Live updates
    Madeline Buckley and Jill Disis, jill.disis@indystar.com 2:25 p.m. EST November 23, 2015

    2:25 p.m. update: Three new updates from the Marion County prosecutor's office press conference Monday afternoon:

    Court documents allege the suspects tried to make several withdrawals using Amanda Blackburn's credit card.

    There isn't sufficient evidence to file sexual assault charges right now, Prosecutor Terry Curry said.

    Curry said his office will look at whether an enhancement will be filed based on Amanda Blackburn's pregnancy.

    2:20 p.m. update: The Marion County prosecutor's office announced charges against a third man. Diano Gordon, 24, has been accused in earlier burglaries.

    Jalen Watson, 21, and Gordon each have past convictions for burglary, a class B felony, and both are currently on parole in Marion County.

    Gordonís criminal record also includes two felony convictions for residential entry and one for escape.

    1:17 p.m. update: More charges have been filed in connection with the slaying of Amanda Blackburn, according to electronic court filings.

    Jalen Watson, 21, has been charged with murder, along with felony burglary, theft, robbery and auto theft, according to filings. He is listed as a co-conspirator of Larry Taylor, the 18 year old who authorities earlier today announced had been arrested in connection with the killing.

    The Marion County prosecutor's office is set to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. to announce the charges.

    11:31 a.m. update: A slew of charges have been filed against a teenager arrested in connection with the shooting death of Amanda Blackburn, according to electronic court filings.

    Larry Taylor, 18, Indianapolis, was arrested and preliminarily charged with murder, authorities announced early Monday.

    According to court filings, Taylor also faces felony burglary, theft, robbery, auto theft and criminal confinement charges, along with a misdemeanor charge of carrying a handgun without a license.

    (much more at the link)
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    Probable Cause document (direct link)

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    Article with more background info on the suspects:

    http://www.indystar.com/story/news/c...ties/76286244/

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    black text = probable cause affidavit
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    November 10, 2015 (all times A.M. ET)


    3:30 - Gordon, Watson and Taylor leave the apartment of ABu and his girlfriend, according to gf's statement to Det. Lehn.

    A cooperating individual (CI) stated to Det. Lehn on Nov. 21, that Taylor was carrying a snub nose revolver and might have been wearing a Pelle Pelle jacket when they left ABu’s apartment.

    4:30 - resident on San Clemente awakens to find cell phone missing from her bedroom, sliding glass door open, plants knocked over, and MacBook laptop missing. Purse and keys also were missing. Her 2007 Chrysler Sebring 4D was gone, as well. (Time doesn’t jive with time of burglary from security system.)

    4:36 - Burglary No. 1 at San Clemente Dr. apartment. Surveillance camera captured three perpetrators inside the residence.

    CI said the three wanted money, so Taylor crawled up a back railing of an apartment in the Cottages (on San Clemente), and opened the front door for Gordon and Taylor.

    CI said Taylor had keys in his hand, and used the fob to open a Chrysler Sebring. Taylor took an iPhone from an upstairs bedroom where the occupant was asleep. When the three realized they were on video, they disabled the camera. According to CI, Taylor wanted to kill the occupant. Watson and Gordon talked him out of it, and the trio left in the Sebring.

    4:40 - Gordon's T-M phone is near E 56th St and I-465 (near San Clemente/Cottages). Places a call to phone number XXX.

    5:23 - 911 call to report burglary on San Clemente.

    5:36 – Burglary No. 2 at 28xx SuCo. Surveillance camera captures suspect as he disables the security system. The home is two doors down from the Blackburn residence.

    According to CI, after first burglary, the trio wanted more money, so they drove to the westside subdivision, and entered a home at 28xx SuCo by tearing through a patio screen, and opening a deadbolt on patio door. They stole televisions, MacBook Pro laptop, and other items, and loaded them into the Sebring.

    6:00 - Davey Blackburn departs from his home in his 1997 black Honda Civic for a workout at L.A. Fitness, 4015 Shore Dr. He leaves front door unlocked.

    6:25 - Gordon's T-M phone near, or at, 2812 Sunnyfield Ct.

    6:25 - Burglary No. 3 at 2812 SuCo (time approximate based on phone records)

    When detectives canvassed neighborhood, Det. Perkins spoke with Neighbor A, who reported that he and his wife saw a suspicious person dressed all in black with hoody pulled over his face, near their trash in front of their home on SuCo. Subject walked toward 2812 SoCo.

    According to CI, after second burglary, they wanted more money. Taylor walked to 2812 SuCo and opened front door. Taylor and Watson entered the home. Gordon waited at the Sebring parked at 2830 SuCo.

    Watson later walked to the car and told Gordon a woman was inside, and Taylor busted her in the mouth with his gun. The two discussed leaving. Then Taylor walked up, and threw some cards in the car. Watson drove with Gordon to an ATM on N. Michigan Rd.

    6:36 - ATM at 6881 N.Michigan Rd issues a $500 withdrawal denied receipt for card ending in 3667 (AB's card). Receipt later recovered from the Sebring. ATM camera captures image of person who appears to be driving the Sebring. A pink shirt is wrapped around his face. He is wearing white hoody and dark vest.

    6:38 to 7:10 - Taylor's Verizon phone is at or near 2812 Sunnyfield Ct. No reported activity for Taylor’s phone prior to this time.

    6:39 - Taylor's Verizon phone calls Gordon's phone around this time. Watson and Taylor “discuss numbers”.

    6:39 - Gordon's T-M phone near 6881 Michigan Rd, area of the failed ATM transaction

    6:40-6:45 - As reported to Lt. Spurgeon, from her home on SuCo, Neighbor B heard what sounded like two shots and heard a woman scream.

    6:54 - ATM at 1313 86th St, subject in white hoody walks up and withdraws $400 with AB's debit card.

    6:54 - Gordon's T-M phone near 1313 W. 86th St, area of the successful ATM transaction.

    Afterward, according to CI, Gordon and Watson wanted to leave Taylor. Taylor said he would kill the woman if they left him. ABu called Gordon’s phone. ABu said they couldn’t do that because Taylor was “family”.

    6:55-7:10 - Gordon's T-M phone moves back toward Sunnyfield Court.

    7:05 - As reported to Det. Prater, Neighbor C was leaving her home when she noticed black male subject wearing black shoes, pants and hoody (Taylor). As she drove away, she could see subject walking on Sunmeadow Way, talking loudly on his cell phone with one hand in his pocket, and a t-shirt pulled up around his face.

    7:10 - The trio leave the addition. According to CI, Gordon exited the vehicle before Watson drove it into the addition. Watson and Taylor picked him up on the way out. Taylor is dropped off at 56th and Guion Rd. He takes the stolen property, including a bag over his shoulder. Gordon and Watson drop the car in the Boulevard neighborhood.

    7:10-7:11 - As reported to Capt. Converse and Det. Kepler, Neighbor D was leaving home on Sunmeadow Way when he noticed black male in hoody (Taylor) walking east on Sunmeadow Way. The hood was pulled tight, and one hand was to his ear. A "like white Chrylser Sebring" traveling east drove up and stopped. Subject entered front seat. Vehicle turned in a driveway and drove west from Summerfield. Neighbor D provided home video which captured what he described.

    7:10 - DB leaves the gym while talking on the phone with a friend.

    7:30 - DB arrives home, still on the phone, and continues the conversation while sitting in the driveway.

    7:30-8:35 - Watson and Gordon drop the Sebring in the neighborhood of 3800 Rookwood.

    7:53 - Chase Bank leaves voice mail on AB's phone reporting suspicious activity on her bank card ending in 3667.

    8:17 - SuCo resident calls 911 to report a burglary after she returned home and found front door unlocked. Suspects entered by tearing a patio window screen, and entering through patio door. Four televisions, a MacBook Pro, Tiffany pearl necklace, and women's pink sweater were stolen from the home. Also missing was a bag or oranges, a Uverse remote control, and bed sheets. It appeared suspects had consumed beer and wine, and left bottles in the home. They left through the front door.

    8:20 - DB enters his house through front door.

    As related to Det. Perkins later at the hospital: AB is on the living room floor lying in a pool of blood. Panties are next to her on the floor, and shirt is pulled up. Credit cards and wallet are on the floor. Purse and Swisher Sweet cigar package on the counter. The SS package doesn't belong to either DB or AB. A decorative ladder and a lamp are knocked over on the floor near AB.

    8:22 - Davey Blackburn calls 911. He reports that AB is injured and unconscious on the living room floor.

    Indianapolis Fire Department Engine 12 responds to the scene.

    8:30 - IFD 12 contacts IMPD for assistance with a possible assault.

    8:44 - Officers Larry Crowe and and Richard Crosby arrive as medics are carting AB away from the home.

    9:01 - Detective Pete Perkins arrives at Methodist Hospital to investigate the nature of AB's injuries. He learns she suffered gunshot wound to the head, lower left arm, and a possible GSW to the back; and wasn't expected to live. Perkins speaks with Davey Blackburn at the hospital.

    Det. Mahon met with a SuCo resident who provided video which captured activity in front of his home on SuCo.

    Det. Mahon secured video from L.A. Fitness which showed DB was at the facility during the time of the murder.

    According to CI, the three suspects eventually gathered back at ABu’s apartment. Taylor told them he killed the woman. He stated that she charged at him, and he shot her somewhere in the upper body so he wouldn’t be scratched. “Taylor then told them that he leaned over her body and shot her in the head. He leaned further, looked at her face, and watched her bleed.”

    November 11, 2015

    7:55 A.M. - AB declared legally dead.

    10:28 P.M. - Officer Elliott was called to 3800 block of Rookwood on the report of the located stolen Sebring. Det. Lehn later interviewed witness who said the Sebring appeared the morning of Nov. 10, between 7:30 and 8:35.

    November 12, 2015

    10:00 A.M. - Det. Lehn attended autopsy of AB performed by Dr. Cavanaugh. AB suffered GSW to back of the head, GSW to lower left arm which traveled to bicep; and a through and through GSW which entered and exited upper back. The back wound was downward. In addition, AB had scratches to her left cheek, a split lip, and a lower tooth knocked out. Forensic Specialist Wilson collected bullets from AB's head and left bicep. Wilson also took fingernail scrapings. An exam had been done previously by a forensic nurse at Methodist Hospital.

    [The bullets were examined and determined to be from a .38/9mm class. No shell casings were found, which was indicative of a revolver. Could be indicative of a .38/357. A photo later was retrieved from Larry Taylor's phone which depicted Taylor lying on a bed next to a snub nose revolved consistent with a .38 or .357. The photo was taken on Sept. 19, 2015.]

    10:45 A.M. - Det. Kepler obtained consent to search the Sebring from the owner.

    Among the items recovered from the Sebring was a women’s pink sweater stolen during burglary No. 2.

    1:04 P.M. - Sgt. Eads obtains subpoena results which showed a subject with a pink sweater wrapped around his head, wearing a white hoody and black vest, driving the Sebring at the ATM on N. Michigan Rd.

    Media reports on this day:

    Lt. Richard Riddle, IMPD Public Information Officer gives interview to WTHR. Davey Blackburn is “100% cleared” of his wife’s murder.

    Riddle says detectives are working with DB to determine what was stolen, and how entry was gained. He urges citizens to report any information, no matter how minor it might be.

    http://www.wthr.com/story/30500485/a...-home-invasion

    Friday, November 13, 2015

    Indiana Metro Police Department holds a press conference. Representatives from multiple agencies, including Indiana State Police and the FBI, make statements. Homicide Captain Craig Converse, and Major Eric Hench give a rundown of the crimes.
    http://www.wthr.com/clip/12000406/im...blackburn-case


    Reports say the stolen dark colored SUV was found abandoned near 40th St and Rookwood. LE hopes it will provide DNA, according to Paul Minser of the Indiana State Police who works with forensics.

    http://wishtv.com/2015/11/13/investi...urders-friday/

    Sunday, November 15, 2015

    A celebration of life is held for Amanda Blackburn
    http://wishtv.com/2015/11/15/thousan...nda-blackburn/

    Monday, November 16, 2015

    IMPD releases two photos of the suspect in dark hoodie walking on the street. His right hand is held up to his face, and he appears to be holding a phone.
    http://www.indystar.com/story/news/c...ller/75901502/

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    Det. Lehn was informed that a DNA swab taken from the sweater turned up a match to Watson. A search of Watson’s Facebook page showed his best friend is Diano Gordon. Watson and Gordon were both on parole, with phone numbers on file with the parole office.

    [(various dates) U. S. Marshall Liaison Sgt. Mark Hess subsequently secured search warrants from T-Mobile and Sprint, and detectives researched phone numbers from the call logs. One number was found through Backpage ads and police reports to belong of Larry Taylor, Jr. Hess tracked the phone to 14xx Meridian Way, where Taylor answered the door. Taylor said he didn’t live at the residence, but was staying there temporarily sleeping on a pallet on the floor. Taylor said the phone plugged in next to the pallet belonged to him.

    Det. Hess tracked another phone to an apartment on Brendon Way West. There he found the gf of AB in possession of the phone. She said that she knew Gordon, Taylor and Watson, and that they left her apartment around 3:30 A.M. on November 10 She said a black jacket in the closet belonging to her bf was often worn by Watson. The gf showed him a Taurus 9MM that was under the bed. The jacket and gun later were recovered via search warrant and consent from the gf.

    ABu was questioned by LE. He admitted when the trio left his apartment, one was wearing the black Pelle-Pelle jacket.]

    Media on this day:

    IMPD reports that a resident found a handgun in the 2900 block of West 42nd Street, about a block and a half from the Blackburn home, and turned it into a fire station seven miles away. Lt. Riddle says they have no information which indicates the gun is connected to the murder, but it will be analyzed by investigators to see if it matches the caliber of gun used in the murder.

    http://fox59.com/2015/11/17/recovere...n-murder-case/

    Thursday, November 18, 2015

    Detectives are working to find DNA from the Sunnfield Ct. homes, and the recovered SUV.
    “24-Hour News 8, has learned that Marion County Forensic Director Michael Medler is fast tracking the evidence in Blackburn’s case through the DNA process.”

    http://wishtv.com/2015/11/18/detecti...ckburn-killer/

    November 19, 2015

    IMPD served search warrants early Thursday morning into Thursday evening on at least two locations.

    One location was an apartment complex on Brendon Way Dr. off of 56th St. Of particular interest in the search, was clothing worn by suspect(s) on November 10, as seen in the surveillance videos from the Blackburns' neighborhood.

    Investigators were seen carrying out bags of evidence. What items were seized in the SW's has not been released.

    During the course of the "raids", at least four individuals were questioned; three from the apartment complex, and one from another site where a SW was served.

    (LE has not stated that the San Clemente and Sunnyfield Ct. crimes are related. Nor has LE indicated that the individuals questioned Thursday in relation to the Blackburn investigation are also suspects in the San Clemente robbery.)

    DNA swabs might have been collected from three of the individuals, (per "sources").

    At this time, two have been arrested on charges unrelated to the Blackburn investigation.

    Diano Gordon, 24, is arrested on unrelated charges for parole violation.

    “Sources” report that AB was sexually assaulted, but LE has not confirmed.

    http://www.theindychannel.com/news/l...anda-blackburn
    http://www.wthr.com/story/30564314/p...olis-apartment
    http://www.indystar.com/story/news/c...34cf28e68e8a22

    Det. Lehn interviewed Larry Taylor, Jr. He said he “possibly” rode in a silver Sebring to 56th and Guion Rd. to go see a person named “Cheese”, and that he “possibly” stopped on Sunnyfield Court, but he was too messed up to remember. He was able to recall that he never exited the vehicle until he was dropped off at 56h and Guion Rd.

    November 21, 2015

    Det. Lehn interviewed a “cooperating individual” (Gordon).

    November 23, 2015

    Larry Tayor, Jr. and Jalen E Watson arrested and charged with multiple counts of murder, burglary, robbery, criminal confinement, and breaking and entering.

    November 24, 2015

    Watson and Taylor “appeared at a court hearing Tuesday, where a judge entered not guilty pleas for them.”

    Prosecutor files sentence enhancement for the unborn child.


    http://fox59.com/2015/11/23/blackbur...death-penalty/
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    http://www.wthr.com/story/30787132/s...-rape-burglary

    INDIANAPOLIS -Two suspects in the murder of a pregnant Indianapolis mother have been charged in a different rape and burglary.
    Larry Jo Taylor Jr. and Jalen Watson have been charged for their alleged roles in a burglary and rape of a woman November 3 at her west side apartment.

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    Link with the charging docs for the November 3 robbery/rape:

    http://www.indystar.com/story/news/c...ying/77573272/

    Direct link:

    https://drive.google.com/viewerng/vi...t-Dec-2015.pdf

    Ugh.

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    Amanda Blackburn murder: Suspects due in court for different case
    TheIndyChannel.com Staff
    6:38 AM, Dec 22, 2015 - 1:03 PM, Dec 22, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS -- The two men charged in the killing of Amanda Blackburn were in court Tuesday morning to face new charges in a different case.

    Larry Taylor and Jalen Watson were charged in a home invasion that happened just a week before Blackburn's death.

    In the court hearing, both Taylor and Watson were appointed public defenders, and another court date was set for Feb. 2016.

    cont. at the link
    Suspects in Amanda Blackburnís murder in court on separate home invasion, sexual assault charges
    1250 WTMA

    [...]
    Prosecutors say Watson and Taylor got into a womanís west side apartment about a week before Amanda Blackburnís murder. Court documents show it happened at the Westlake Apartments near Interstate 465 and Rockville Road.

    In this case, the woman told police she was in the shower and home alone when two men came in.

    She said they demanded money, and one of them,Taylor, is accused of sexually assaulting her while holding her at gunpoint.

    Watson is accused of going through the house, looking for items to take, including a laptop and her car.

    Taylor was connected to the sexual assault through DNA records.

    cont. at the link

    Also see Thread #4 Post #369 (Nov 3 charges) and Post #420 (Nov 10 charges)

    Charging docs:
    Nov 3 - https://drive.google.com/viewerng/vi...t-Dec-2015.pdf
    Nov 10 - http://www.scribd.com/doc/291143533/...Blackburn-Case
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