11-16-2015, 11:31 PM #1
IN - Amanda Blackburn, 28, pregnant, murdered, Indianapolis, 10 Nov 2015 - #4
Amanda Blackburn was 28
Wife of Indianapolis pastor in critical condition after attack in home
Posted 5:42 PM, November 10, 2015, by Greg Margason - Digital Producer
Officers responded to the 2800 block of Sunnyfield Court around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The victim's husband came home and found her unconscious on the floor.
The victim, 28, suffered head trauma and is in critical condition. IMPD says the trauma is consistent with a gunshot wound. Their toddler son was home at the time of the home invasion but was not injured.
IN - Amanda Blackburn MEDIA, MAPS, TIMELINES **NO DISCUSSION*
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11-16-2015, 11:32 PM #2
I've transcribed about 95% of the first part of the presser, omitting some of the intro from Captain Converse. It's not 100% verbatim because the sound quality was poor in places, and I had problems with buffering. All of the pertinent details are correct, however. (found it)
Approx. 1:20 in the video
Captain Craig Converse
I will tell you that there was a burglary two houses west of where Amanda was killed. We believe it's connected.
And her husband, he left home at 6:11. We believe the people committing this burglary saw this as a home that they could get in, take some things. Well, it so happened Amanda was home, 12 weeks pregnant. She had her little baby in the crib upstairs...and she was murdered.
We've had a great outpouring from the community and the neighborhood. A lot of people have come forwarded with descriptions of cars. A lot of people have cameras on their homes. We have a lot of information to go through. And that's what we're doing.
It's unbelievable how many people have approached us and given us tips to work off of.
We know who killed her, at least we have a picture of him. We don't know the name. And the person was seen by a number of people on the street, and also our timeline can place him... puts him there...
Approx. 3:20 in the video
Major Eric Hench
I know Captain Converse really takes this close to heart. He's an outstanding homicide investigator and captain. He's been in homicide for over 12 years. And this one really gets ya.
About 5:30 is when the burglary occurred two doors down. There is an individual, we know that because there is a recording from inside that residence. We believe that when Mr. Blackburn left to go work out, they saw an opportunity to burglarize another home. As the Captain said, that occurred about 6 o'clock.
There are surveillance cameras throughout the neighborhood. There are multiple sightings of an individual, that the Captain referenced.
There are neighbors who had seen the individual on that street and on the neighboring street.
Video surveillance on both streets captured images of an individual and a vehicle.
At approximately 6:00 there was a camera from west of the burglarized home that captured a dark colored SUV driving quickly down the street.
Approximately one minute later that vehicle was then seen leaving.
There were TV's and laptops that were taken that were sizable, that would lead us to believe they were likely loaded into a vehicle to be removed from the area.
Approximately 6:45-6:55, there was a neighbor who reported hearing shots, or what she believed to be shots.
Another neighbor saw an individual wearing a dark colored hoodie traveling from the first burglarized home.
Later on...occupants from that same residence reported seeing a subject wearing a hoodie walking westbound, away from the area of the Blackburn residence.
This individual was captured on a surveillance camera both on that street and on the neighboring street.
Further neighbors on the neighboring street did see that individual with the same hoodie cinched down attempting to cover his face.
At this time I won't be able to release a photograph or a detailed description, although we anticipate being able to do so at some point in the near future.
Continues with admonitions to possible accomplices and/or those who have information to come forward; and a warning/promise to the killer: "You are not as good as you think you are. You left behind evidence. We will find it, and we have found it. And we will find you, and we will not stop until we get you."
11-23-2015, 02:01 AM #3
11-23-2015, 04:29 AM #4
The suspects were living at the Westlake Apartments until early November, WTTV reports. The men then moved to an address on San Clemente Drive where detectives believe two of the suspects were captured on a surveillance video burglarizing a neighbor’s apartment.
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11-23-2015, 05:26 AM #5
Three arrested, one held on murder charge in Amanda Blackburn case
Published November 23, 2015
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that Larry Taylor was arrested by detectives from the department's violent crime and gang units, with assistance from U.S. Marshals. Prosecutors were reviewing the case to make a final decision on what charges Taylor would face in connection with the murder of Amanda Blackburn.
"We are thankful to our federal, state and local partnerships that aided in the apprehension of the suspect in this terrible and senseless crime," IMPD Chief Rick Hite said in the statement. "All victims of criminal homicides deserve closure, and as a community we must send a collective message that violence is not an option. Our detectives have worked tirelessly going days without sleep to solve murders in our city."
Fox 59 reported that two other suspects, identified as Jalen Watson and Diano Gordon, have been arrested in relation to the Nov. 10 murder. The station also reported that all three will be charged in at least three more burglaries as well as a sexual assault.
11-25-2015, 06:12 PM #6
Here's a timeline from the charging docs with some media reports included. Please let me know if anyone spots errors. Also posted in the media thread, Post #37.
black text = probable cause affidavit
blue text = media reports
green text = press conference 11/13/2015
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 are missing. Her 2007 Chrysler Sebring 4D is 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 captures 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 because he was on video. 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. (Gordon's phone placed five calls to XXX between 4:40 and 6:54 A.M.)
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.
6:00-6:01 - "At approximately 6:00 there was a camera from west of the burglarized home that captured a dark colored SUV driving quickly down the street. Approximately one minute later that vehicle was then seen leaving. There were TV's and laptops that were taken that were sizable, that would lead us to believe they were likely loaded into a vehicle to be removed from the area."
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 hoodie 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 hoodie 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 hoodie (Taylor) walking east on Sunmeadow Way. The hood was pulled tight, and one hand was to his ear. Neighbor returned to his home. 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. 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. 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 hoodie 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.
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.
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.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
A celebration of life is held for Amanda 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.
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.
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.”
November 19, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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11-26-2015, 02:31 PM #7
From the PC statement, bessie's fantastic timeline and google maps:
1. Gordon, Taylor and Watson leave ABull's apartment at Brendon Way Dr. (The Cottages) around 3:30 am (according to ABull's gf)
2. First burglary at 4:30 at 5700 San Clemente (literally down the street from ABull's apartment - so either the gf was lying/mistaken on the time the 3 left or they were unaccounted for, for an hour before the first burglary)
3. At 5:36 on Sunnyfield Ct. the interior video picks up a subject who disables the system.
4. At 6:25 the phone pings off a tower at Sunnyfield Ct.
5. At 6:39 the phone is at N. Mighigan Rd. (failed ATM)
6. At 6:54 the phone is at W. 86th Street (successful ATM)
7. At 7:10 a neighbor on Sunmeadow Way sees a black male (Taylor) wearing a hoody walking on Sunmeadow Way. Male was walking east. Chrysler Sebring drives east, stopped and black male gets in front passenger seat. Car backs into a drive and drives west. (All captured on home video)
8. Unknown time: Taylor dropped off near 56th and Guion with the *stolen property and a bag over his shoulder. (do a google street view of this location)
9. On 11/11 the Sebring was located at 3800 Rookwood Ave. Concerned citizen tells LE the car appeared there sometime between 7:30 and 8:35am on 11/10.
10. Watson and Gordan claim to have left the car there.
11. All 3 "eventually" end up back at ABull's house on Brendan Way Dr.
*stolen property from the PC statement:
Burglary #1: cell phone, Apple Macbook laptop, purse, keys, Chrysler Sebring.
Burglary #2: 4 televisions, MacBook Pro, pearl necklace, pink sweater, bag of oranges, bed sheets
Burglary #3 (AB's house): Chase debit card, MacBook Pro, in a blue book bag with 2 books inside
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11-27-2015, 02:02 AM #8On Time Out
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I think a pickup truck might not be ideal for indianapolis burglary for TV's in november. But this article shows the concept of stealing a car for using in a burglary is on the rise. It makes logical sense.
"According to CPD, criminals are using the vehicles to commit other crimes, like home burglaries; "
11-27-2015, 03:20 AM #9
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11-27-2015, 03:37 AM #10
I had forgotten about this.
Arrest in shooting death of pastor's pregnant wife
CBS/AP November 23, 2015, 6:50 AM
Sources say all three men will also be charged in three more burglaries, as well as a rape at the Westlake Apartments.
The suspects were living at the Westlake Apartments until early November, WTTV reports. The men then moved to an address on San Clemente Drive, where detectives believe two of the suspects were captured on a surveillance video burglarizing a neighbor's apartment. A silver Chrysler Sebring was stolen from that location. Investigators later found DNA linking the suspects to that case.
At this time, no one has been charged.
Anyone still unconvinced?
Woman raped at home in Indianapolis apartment
Posted: Nov 04, 2015 3:04 PM CST
Updated: Nov 15, 2015 8:44 AM CST
By Steve Jefferson, WTHR Crimebeat reporter
INDIANAPOLIS - Detectives with the Sexual Assault Unit for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating an attack on a 21-year-old woman. The attack happened on the Indianapolis northwest side around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday night in the Westlake Apartments on Westbury East Drive.
The two men entered the woman’s apartment through her patio doors which she left unlocked while watching television. She was home alone because her roommate had not gotten home from work.
Once inside the two men sexually assaulted her before taking off with some of their personal belongings which include two televisions and her cell phone. Once she realized the men were out of her apartment she went to a neighbors for help who called police and the victim’s mother.
(They also stole the victim's car, a black Dodge Sratus.)
Distance from Sunnyfield Court to Westlake Apartments on Westbury E. Dr.
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Interesting how in the Westlake case mentioned above, the victim only saw TWO men enter but the article says all THREE will be charged. Just took a fresh peek here http://inmateinfo.indy.gov/IML and none of them have been charged yet. Gordon (spelled Gordan) still doesn't have any charges listed except parole violation.
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