GUILTY IN - Amanda Blackburn, 28, pregnant, murdered, Indianapolis, 10 Nov 2015 - #4

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  1. IceIce9

    IceIce9 Verified EMT

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    Would be interesting to speak with some of the members of his former church. He wasn’t transparent with them regarding the financial status of the church, and I can’t imagine they would be happy with him for the way he left.
     
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  2. meanmaryjean

    meanmaryjean Verified RN (Pediatrics Specialty)

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    Same. *sits on hands
     
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  3. IceIce9

    IceIce9 Verified EMT

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    The financial statement of his church can be read here;

    Twitter
     
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  4. CocoChanel

    CocoChanel Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    REMINDER- This is not a thread to sleuth and discuss a victim’s family member who has not been named a suspect in a crime for which others have been arrested. That is a violation of Websleuths’ TOS. If it changes and a family member is named as a suspect by LE, only then can that person be sleuthed and discussed.

    *ETA - My original warning post above stated incorrectly that suspects who had been arrested had been convicted for this crime. That was not an accurate statement, and the warning has been edited to reflect the correct info. Thank you to member max99 for noting that. When errors like that are found, please send a report to mods so that we can manage the misinformation and correct it. If you quote the misinformation on the thread it makes for a bigger cleanup, and can derail the discussion. We DO want to know when we make mistakes, as I did. Best way to let us know is in a report/alert.

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  5. MajorHoople

    MajorHoople Well-Known Member

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    As far I can tell Larry Jo Taylor, Jr. still has not gone to trial in the murder of Amanda Blackburn. I can find no recent information.
     
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  6. DeDee

    DeDee Well-Known Member

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    Marketing
    Pastor Davey Blackburn reveals how God helped him to forgive after first wife’s murder

    With only 164 days to wait, the book is in pre-sale 10% off stages for a publication date of June 30, 2021. The publisher is Howard Books, a subsidiary of Simon and Schuster that publishes Christian books.

    Nothing Is Wasted : Davey Blackburn : 9781501171543
     
  7. sl222

    sl222 Well-Known Member

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    I *really* never liked this phrase "Nothing is Wasted" as used in connection with the loss of Amanda's life. It creeps me out like everything about this horrible crime.
     
  8. BrownRice

    BrownRice Well-Known Member

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    Agree 100000%
     
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  9. FrostedGlass

    FrostedGlass Well-Known Member

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    It's unreal that these cases are still pending after all these years. The accused are currently in Marion County Jail, as per VINE.
    Indiana Supreme Court public access case search - MyCase

    Jalen Watson 49D31-1511-MR-041745 (next scheduled hearing)
    03/12/2021 = Sentencing Hearing
    Session: 04/23/2021 1:30 PM, Rescheduled
    Session: 03/12/2021 1:30 PM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
    Comment: in person (deft in custody) at 2 p.m.
    *******************
    Larry Jo Taylor, Jr. 49G05-1511-MR-041732 (next scheduled hearing)
    03/22/2021 = Hearing
    Session: 03/22/2021 1:30 PM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
    Comment: 702 hearing on cell phone about 3 hours
    ******************
    Diano Gordon 49D31-1601-MR-001659
    02/19/2021 = Hearing Scheduling Activity
    Change of Plea Hearing scheduled for 04/05/2021 at 1:30 PM
    04/05/2021 = Change of Plea Hearing
    Session: 04/05/2021 1:30 PM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
    Comment: In person @ 1:00 p.m.

    Diano Gordon 49D31-1512-F4-043993
    02/19/2021 = Hearing Scheduling Activity
    Change of Plea Hearing scheduled for 04/05/2021 at 1:30 PM.
    04/05/2021 = Change of Plea Hearing
    Session: 04/05/2021 1:30 PM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
    Comment: In person @ 1 p.m.
     
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  10. FrostedGlass

    FrostedGlass Well-Known Member

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    The Jalen Watson plea is over my head: Plea agreement-open level 2
    He only pleaded to 3 of the charges; does that mean for the other 7 charges?

    09/27/2019 = Hearing Journal Entry
    Defendant has signed plea agreement-open level 2.
    Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W

    Hearing Date:
    09/27/2019
    0/27/2017 = Hearing Journal Entry
    Plea Accepted
    Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W

    10/27/2017 = Judgment
    Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
    05. 35-42-5-1(1)/F2: Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury Injury to someone other than a defendant
    • Plea by Agreement
    06. 35-43-2-1/F4:Burglary Burglary of a dwelling
    • Plea by Agreement
    09. 35-43-2-1/F4:Burglary Burglary of a dwelling
    • Plea by Agreement

    ***********************
    "Home detention" :mad:

    07/02/2020 = Order Denying
    defense motion for home detention. Court does recommend Mental Health block in Marion County Jail
    Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
    Order Signed: 07/02/2020
     
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  11. FrostedGlass

    FrostedGlass Well-Known Member

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    It always pays to go back to the beginning of some of these cases. I didn't realize the Blackburn case was part of an eight-day crime spree. Now I see Larry Jo Taylor, Jr. also has a murder/robbery charge for the Nov. 4 shooting death of Rolando Gonzalez-Hernandez. (I'll try not to get his 2 cases mixed up.)

    Is anyone interested in knowing what happens in the other cases where these guys are co-defendants?

    Amanda Blackburn killing part of eight-day crime spree

    Hernandez murder 49D31-1512-MR-045959

    Charges
    01 11/04/2015 35-42-1-1(1): Murder
    02 11/04/2015 35-42-1-1(2): Murder
    03 11/04/2015 35-42-5-1(1)/F2: Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury Injury to someone other than a defendant
     
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  12. FrostedGlass

    FrostedGlass Well-Known Member

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    I did a brief summary in an effort to keep things simple; there were probably more after the Tyree murder case but I got overwhelmed with it all. The crime in Indy is just beyond my comprehension.

    Jalen Watson
    49D31-1711-F6-043561(poss. of Narcotic)
    03/12/2021 = Status Conference

    49D31-1512-F2-044927 (co-def in Taylor rape case) Watson did not rape
    03/12/2021 = Sentencing Hearing

    49D31-1511-MR-041745 (Blackburn)
    03/12/2021 = Sentencing Hearing
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    Larry Jo Taylor, Jr
    49D31-1512-F1-044923 (Rape Case)
    03/22/2021 = Pretrial Conference

    49D31-1511-MR-041732 (Blackburn)
    03/22/2021 = Hearing (comment: 702 hearing on cell phone about 3 hours)

    49D31-1512-MR-045959 (Hernandez murder, no co-defendants)
    03/22/2021 = Pretrial Conference
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    Diano Gordon
    49D31-1512-F4-043993 (co-defendant in Blackburn murder case)
    04/05/2021 = Change of Plea Hearing (05/23/2018 plea deal)

    49D31-1907-F6-026082 (co-def Billy Holmes 49D31-1907-F6-026077)
    04/05/2021 = Change of Plea Hearing
    ======================================
    Billy Holmes
    49D31-1907-F6-026077 (co-def Diano Gordon 49D31-1907-F6-026082)
    04/19/2021 = Pretrial Conference

    49D31-1612-MR-048033 (co-def Gerald Tyree)
    Plea agreement has already been filed waiting on co-defendant case to be resolved.
    04/19/2021 = Sentencing Hearing
    ===========================================
    GERALD JAVONTAE TYREE, Jr.
    49D31-1612-MR-048029 (co-def Billy Holmes)
    04/12/2021 = Jury Trial
     
  13. FrostedGlass

    FrostedGlass Well-Known Member

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    Just a reminder that Watson has a hearing today on his 3 cases. He's scheduled for 1:30 and if it's live, I'll be watching.
     
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    FrostedGlass Well-Known Member

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    Watson's sentence for the Blackburn murder; he originally had 10 charges:
    49D31-1511-MR-041745

    03/12/2021 = Sentenced
    Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
    5. 35-42-5-1(1)/F2: Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury Injury to someone other than a defendant
    Confinement to Commence: 03/12/2021
    Indiana Department of Correction
    Term: 29 Yr
    Jail Credit: 1,941 Days
    Suspended: 0 Days
    Concurrent with Prior Sentence: 49D31-1512-F2-044927
    Comment: Defendant sentence pursuant to plea agreement. Department of Corrections to award good time credit in accordance with Indiana Law. Credit time of time of 1941 days actual with 647 days earned as agreed upon all parties. The defendant to cooperate with the State of Indiana Law in the prosecution of Larry Taylor Jr. under Case Number 49G05-1511-MR-041732 and Case Number 49G05-1511-F1-044923;and the prosecution of Diano Gordon under Cause Number 49G05-1512-F4-043993 and 49G05-1601-MR-001659. The court recommends defendant be housed at New Castle Corrections Facility. Once the defendant has completed his cooperation with the state the court will consider reducing defendant sentence if he has clean conduct report.
    Condition - Adult:
    1. No Contact, See State's Registry, 03/12/2021, Active 03/12/2021

    03/12/2021 = Sentenced
    Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
    6. 35-43-2-1/F4:Burglary Burglary of a dwelling
    Confinement to Commence: 03/12/2021
    Indiana Department of Correction
    Term: 10 Yr
    Suspended: 0 Days
    Concurrent with Prior Sentence: Count 5

    03/12/2021 = Sentenced
    Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
    9. 35-43-2-1/F4:Burglary Burglary of a dwelling
    Confinement to Commence: 03/12/2021
    Indiana Department of Correction
    Term: 10 Yr
    Suspended: 0 Days
    Concurrent with Prior Sentence: Count 5 and 6
     
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    FrostedGlass Well-Known Member

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    Watson's sentence for his part in the Taylor rape case (49D31-1512-F1-044923)
    49D31-1512-F2-044927

    03/12/2021 = Sentenced
    Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
    1. 35-43-2-1/F2: Burglary with a deadly weapon.
    Confinement to Commence: 03/12/2021
    Indiana Department of Correction
    Term: 29 Yr
    Jail Credit: 1,941 Days
    Suspended: 0 Days
    Concurrent with Prior Sentence: 49D31-1512-F2-044927
    Comment: Defendant sentence pursuant to plea agreement. Department of Corrections to award good time credit in accordance with Indiana Law. Credit time of time of 1941 days actual with 647 days earned as agreed upon all parties. The defendant to cooperate with the State of Indiana Law in the prosecution of Larry Taylor Jr. under Case Number 49G05-1511-MR-041732 and Case Number 49G05-1511-F1-044923;and the prosecution of Diano Gordon under Cause Number 49G05-1512-F4-043993 and 49G05-1601-MR-001659. The court recommends defendant be housed at New Castle Corrections Facility. Once the defendant has completed his cooperation with the state the court will consider reducing defendant sentence if he has clean conduct report.
    Condition - Adult:
    1. No Contact, See State's Registry, 03/12/2021, Active 03/12/2021

    03/12/2021 = Amended Sentence
    Reason: Other
    Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
    1. 35-43-2-1/F2: Burglary with a deadly weapon.
    Confinement to Commence: 03/12/2021
    Indiana Department of Correction
    Term: 29 Yr
    Jail Credit: 1,941 Days
    Suspended: 0 Days
    Concurrent with Prior Sentence: 49D31-1511-MR-041745
    Comment: Defendant sentence pursuant to plea agreement. Department of Corrections to award good time credit in accordance with Indiana Law. Credit time of time of 1941 days actual with 647 days earned as agreed upon all parties. The defendant to cooperate with the State of Indiana Law in the prosecution of Larry Taylor Jr. under Case Number 49G05-1511-MR-041732 and Case Number 49G05-1511-F1-044923;and the prosecution of Diano Gordon under Cause Number 49G05-1512-F4-043993 and 49G05-1601-MR-001659. The court recommends defendant be housed at New Castle Corrections Facility. Once the defendant has completed his cooperation with the state the court will consider reducing defendant sentence if he has clean conduct report.
    Condition - Adult:
    1. No Contact, See State's Registry, 03/12/2021, Active 03/12/2021
     
  16. FrostedGlass

    FrostedGlass Well-Known Member

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    Watson's cases are now all decided. His possession case was dismissed.

    Jalen Watson
    49D31-1711-F6-043561(poss. of Narcotic)
    03/12/2021 = Status Conference
    03/15/2021 = Judgment
    Judicial Officer:Hawkins, Grant W

    01. 35-48-4-6(a)/F6: Possession of a Narcotic Drug
    • Dismissed
    03/15/2021 = Order Granting Motion to Dismiss
    Judicial Officer:Hawkins, Grant W
    Order Signed: 03/15/2021
     
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  17. Cardinal47

    Cardinal47 Well-Known Member

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    The Justice System in the United States of America is broken. Criminals know this so they sit and shift and maneuver a broken system. All at the victim, victims families and taxpayers expense.
    What will it take for a complete overhaul of this broken everything.
     
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    FrostedGlass Well-Known Member

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    There have been no changes in Taylor's or Gordon's cases.

    Larry Jo Taylor, Jr
    49D31-1511-MR-041732 (Blackburn)
    03/22/2021 = Hearing (comment: 702 hearing on cell phone about 3 hours)

    49D31-1512-F1-044923 (Rape Case)
    03/22/2021 = Pretrial Conference

    49D31-1512-MR-045959 (Hernandez murder, no co-defendants)
    03/22/2021 = Pretrial Conference
    ************************************
    Diano Gordon
    49D31-1512-F4-043993 (co-defendant in Blackburn murder case)
    04/05/2021 = Change of Plea Hearing (05/23/2018 plea deal)

    49D31-1907-F6-026082 (co-def Billy Holmes 49D31-1907-F6-026077)
    04/05/2021 = Change of Plea Hearing
     
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    I follow some cases that aren't on here just to see how the plea bargains shake out. Many times, it's jaw-dropping. But I do understand that when the family, friends, associates and witnesses won't cooperate, prosecution has their hands tied as to how far they can take the case.
    We could have a thread on how to fix it all.
     
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    Lilibet Well-Known Member

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    Thanks so much for keeping track of these cases @FrostedGlass. You and @Niner (another court watcher) are wonderful for sorting through the info to keep us all up to date!
     
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