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

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Shaking my head at yet another continuance and no sentencing date. All 3 of Diano Gordon's cases:

05/04/2022 = Motion for Continuance Filed
Motion to Continue
Filed By:GORDON, DIANO CORTEZ

05/05/2022 = Order Granting Motion for Continuance
Judicial Officer:Hawkins, Grant W
Order Signed:05/04/2022

05/06/2022 = Sentencing Hearing
Session:12/17/2021 9:30 AM, Rescheduled
Session:05/06/2022 9:00 AM, Rescheduled
Session:05/06/2022 10:30 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment:in person 10:30
Result:Commenced and concluded

05/06/2022 = Hearing Journal Entry
defedant is present, Borland is not present; state by Vandeventer for Hixson

05/06/2022 = Hearing Scheduling Activity
Pretrial Conference scheduled for 05/19/2022 at 1:30 PM.

05/19/2022 = Pretrial Conference
Session:05/19/2022 1:30 PM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment:video
 

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Thursday, May 19th:
*Pretrial Conference Hearing (all cases) (@ 1:30pm ET) – IN - Amanda Blackburn (28) (was 12 weeks pregnant shot to death, Nov. 10, 2015, Indianapolis) - *Diano Cortez Gordan (24/now 30) arrested (11/19/15) on unrelated charges for parole violation. Plus charged (1/14/16) with 2 counts of murder, robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, 2 counts of burglary, theft, intimidation, criminal confinement & battery resulting in moderate bodily injury. Plead not guilty.
Gordon: Change of plea (4/5/21) Plead guilty to count 5. Case #49D31-1601-MR-001659-Plea on 5/23/18: Counts 1-4 & 6 were all dismissed. 1) Murder, 2) Murder, 3) Burglary, 4) Theft where value of property is, 6) Habitual Offender & Plea by agreement: 5) Robbery W/serious bodily injury.
Case #49D31-1512-F4-043993-Plea of guilty on 5/23/18: Counts 2, 4, 5 were all dismissed. 1) Burglary, burglary of a dwelling, 2) Theft where value of property is between $750 & $50k, 3) Burglary, burglary of a dwelling, 4) Theft where value of property is between $750 & $50k, 5) Habitual Offender & Plea of guilty by Agreement (all counts): 1) Burglary, burglary of a dwelling & 3) Burglary, burglary of a dwelling.
Larry Jo Taylor Jr. & Jalen Watson have been charged & arraigned (12/22/15) for their alleged roles in a burglary & rape of a woman November 3, 2015 at her west side apartment.

12/8/21 Update: By request sentencing date has been rescheduled to 5/6/22 @ 9:30am. 5/4/22: Motion for continuance filed by defense. 5/5/22: Order-Motion for continuance-granted. 5/6/22 Update: Defendant present, Borland not present; State by Vandeventer for Hixson. Next pretrial conference on 5/19/22 @ 1:30pm via video.
*Larry Jo Taylor, Jr. (18/now 24) - Trial which started 12/6/21 was declared a mistrial. Hernandez murder: pretrial hearing on 5/20/22. Robbery, Rape & other charges: Pretrial hearing on 5/20/22. Jury selection begins on 6/3/22 & trial set to begin on 7/18/22. Blackburn murder: jury selection starts on 6/3/22.
*Jalen Emmanuel Watson (21/now 27) - Plead guilty (10/27/21) & sentenced to 29 years. Earliest possible release date: 8/17/2037.
 

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@Niner At this point, it looks like things are still on track for Taylor's trial. Then, they will sentence Gordan?

Jury selection is scheduled for 6/03, which is a Friday. I wonder if that's a good idea. Will they all be able to keep their curiosity under control?
 

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@Niner At this point, it looks like things are still on track for Taylor's trial. Then, they will sentence Gordan?

Jury selection is scheduled for 6/03, which is a Friday. I wonder if that's a good idea. Will they all be able to keep their curiosity under control?

If Gordan is supposed to testify against Taylor, then they do usually put sentencing after the trial. At least that has been my experience in different trials. Today Gordan only has a pretrial hearing.
 

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@Niner Update is the same for all 3 of his cases.

DIANO CORTEZ GORDON
49D31-1601-MR-001659
49D31-1512-F4-043993
49D31-1907-F6-026082

05/19/2022 = Pretrial Conference
Session:05/19/2022 1:30 PM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment: video
Result: Commenced and concluded

05/19/2022 = Order Granting Motion for Continuance
defense asking for new pretrial date
Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Order Signed:05/19/2022

07/22/2022 = Pretrial Conference
Session:07/22/2022 9:30 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment: video (deft in custody)
 

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Friday, May 20th:
*Pretrial Conference Hearing (@ 9:30pm) (Other charges & Hernandez) & Jurors in to fill out questionnaires (Blackburn murder) (@ 9:30am CT) – IN - Amanda Blackburn (28) (was 12 weeks pregnant shot to death, Nov. 10, 2015, Indianapolis) - *Larry Jo Taylor, Jr. (18/now 24) arrested & charged (11/23/15) & arraigned (11/25/15) with murder willful intent, murder in the course of a burglary, murder in the course of a robbery, murder enhancement, carrying a handgun without a license, criminal confinement, 2 counts burglary (11/10/15), 2 counts of theft (11/10/15), 3 counts of rape (11/3/15), robbery resulting in serious bodily injury (11/3/15), public indecency & public nudity. Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
Watson & Gordon confessed that Taylor was the shooter. In the Nov. 3, 2015 case, tests found that Taylor's DNA matched samples found on the victim & her clothing.
Trial was set to begin on 12/6/21 for murder only, but was declared a mistrial by Judge Grant Hawkins when a juror found out that Amanda was pregnant.
Trial rescheduled on 4/22/22 for jury selection & trial to begin on 4/25/22 continued to 6/3/22 with jury selection & trial begins on 6/6/22. (for murder only).
Trial set to begin on 7/18/22 (for rape & robbery on 11/3/15).

Court info from 12/1/21 thru 12/3/21 reference post #624 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...red-indianapolis-10-nov-2015-4.295601/page-32

12/6/21: Motion to amend information filed (amend information interlineation, motion). Defense & State waive mask but agree to maintain table length distance. Motion to suppress 1st time phone number given by defendant. Motion to suppress 2nd time defendant gave number after advised. Other charges (rape, burglary, etc. & nudity for pretrial hearing: Commenced & concluded. Defendant in custody. Judge Grant Hawkins, State by Ross Anderson & defense attorney Casanova. Tracking with jury trial. Next pretrial conference hearing on 12/9/21 @ 9:30am.
12/6/21 Monday, Trial Day 1: Jury selection began. Was seated with 12 jurors & 3 alternates. BUT! Judge Grant Hawkins declared a mistrial. Taylor is one of three men originally charged & the only one who was not given a plea deal. Taylor is not facing charges for the death of the unborn baby, which is why the judge declared a mistrial when jurors found out about the pregnancy. “This just being a mistrial indicates nobody did anything wrong, it was just a set of facts that came up & they determined that they could no longer go to the jury & get a fair outcome,” John Tompkins, a criminal defense attorney said. The other defendants in the case, Jalen Watson & Diano Gordon, accepted a plea deal & agreed to help prosecutors with the case against Taylor. Officials tell us we should learn more information later this week about when jury selection begins again. One juror asked Judge Grant Hawkins why this case is taking so long. Judge Hawkins cited COVID, whittling down 100 witnesses to 33 & a series of attorneys over the years. Order granting motion to amend information. Parties will meet with Judge on Wednesday, 12/8/21 @ 1pm.
12/8/21 Update: Blackburn: Next hearing for jury selection on 4/22/22 @ 9:30am. Trial set to begin on 4/25/22 @ 8:30am. 12/9/21 Update: Rape & robbery: Next pretrial conference hearings on 4/22/22 & 4/25/22 & trial set to begin on 7/18/22 @ 9am. All other charges: Next pretrial conference hearings on 4/22/22 & 4 /25/22.
4/15/22 Update: Blackburn: Hearing on 4/22/22 has been cancelled; in person Jury selection to pick jurors for trial. Trial on 4/25/22 has been cancelled. Hearing on 5/20/22, in person, this is NOT a hearing, jury comes in to fill out questionnaires. Trial set to begin on 6/3/22 for in person, jury selection. Trial to run to 6/10/22 @ 8am.
4/15/22 Update: Rape & robbery & other charges: Pretrial hearing on 4/22/22 was cancelled. Next pretrial hearing on 5/20/22 defendant need not attend. Pretrial conference hearings on 6/3, 6/6, 6/7, 6/8, 6/9 & 6/10/22 in person for jury selection. Trial begins on 7/18/22.
IN - *Rolando Gonzalez-Hernandez (26) (shot to death, Nov. 4, 2015, Indianapolis) - Larry Jo Taylor, Jr. (18/now 24) charged (12/29/15) with murder, felony murder & robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.
Court info starting on 12/1/21 reference post #624 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...red-indianapolis-10-nov-2015-4.295601/page-32

12/6/21 Update: Commenced & concluded. Defendant in custody. Judge Grant Hawkins, State by Ross Anderson & defense attorney Casanova. Tracking with jury trial. Next pretrial conference hearing on 12/9/21 @ 9:30am.
12/9/21 Update: Hernandez: Next pretrial conference hearing on 4/22/22 & on 4/25/22. 4/15/22 Update: Pretrial hearing on 4/22/22 has been cancelled. Next pretrial conference hearing on 5/20/22 defendant need not attend. Pretrial conference hearings on 6/3, 6/6, 6/7, 6/8, 6/9 & 6/10/22 in person for jury selection.
*Diano Cortez Gordan (24/now 30) – Plead guilty (4/5/21) & sentencing hearing on 5/6/22 was continued. Next pretrial conference hearing on 7/22/22.
*Jalen Emmanuel Watson (21/now 27) – Plead guilty (10/27/17) & sentenced to 29 years. Earliest possible release date: 8/17/2037.
 

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@Niner This is for Taylor. They added the pretrial conference but the jury selection and trial are still the same.
49G05-1511-MR-041732
05/26/2022
Pretrial Conference
Session:05/26/2022 1:30 PM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment: in person ATTORNEYS ONLY at 2:30

06/03/2022
Jury Trial
Session:06/03/2022 8:00 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment: in person, jury selection

06/06/2022
Jury Trial
Session:06/06/2022 9:00 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
06/07/2022
Jury Trial
Session:06/07/2022 9:00 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment: in person
06/08/2022
Jury Trial
Session: 06/08/2022 9:00 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment: in person
06/09/2022
Jury Trial
Session :06/09/2022 9:00 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
06/10/2022
Jury Trial
Session: 06/10/2022 9:00 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
 

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@Niner Here is his rape case

Rape 49D31-1512-F1-044923

05/17/2022 = Motion Filed
Motion to vacate dates and continue
Filed By: TAYLOR, LARRY JO JR
File Stamp:05/17/2022

05/18/2022 = Order Denying
Order Denying Motion to Vacate Dates and Continue
Order Signed:05/18/202

05/20/2022 = Pretrial Conference
Session:05/20/2022 9:30 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment: in person (tracking jury trail ) defendant is not needed
Result: Commenced and concluded

05/20/2022 = Hearing Journal Entry
This set on calendar for jury questions this is not a hearing
Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W

05/26/2022 = Pretrial Conference
Session:05/26/2022 1:30 PM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment: in person ATTORNEYS ONLY at 2:30

06/03/2022 = Pretrial Conference
Session: 06/03/2022 9:30 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Session: 06/06/2022 9:30 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Session: 06/07/2022 9:30 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Session: 06/08/2022 9:30 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Session: 06/09/2022 9:30 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment: in person (tracking with jury trial

06/10/2022 = Pretrial Conference
Session:06/10/2022 9:30 AM, Rescheduled
Session:06/10/2022 9:30 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment: tracking with Jury

07/18/2022 = Jury Trial
Session: 07/18/2022 9:00 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment: In person
 

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@Niner I hope I didn't make any mistakes; I'll be so glad to be done with this group and the Blackwell group. It's hard to imagine what the families and loved ones have been going through waiting for trials.
Here is the Hernandez murder
49D31-1512-MR-045959

05/17/2022 = Motion Filed
Motion to vacate dates and continue
Filed By: TAYLOR, LARRY JO JR

05/20/2022 = Pretrial Conference
Session:05/20/2022 9:30 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment: In Person (tracking with jury trial) Defendant is not needed
Result:Commenced and concluded

05/26/2022 = Pretrial Conference
Session: 05/26/2022 1:30 PM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment: in person ATTORNEYS ONLY at 2:30

06/09/2022 = Pretrial Conference
Session:06/09/2022 9:30 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment: in person (trancing with jury trail)

06/10/2022 = Pretrial Conference
Session:06/10/2022 9:30 AM, Rescheduled
Session:06/10/2022 9:30 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment: tracking with jury trail
 

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Oh - Oh - I do not have this case # 49G05-1511-MR-041732 - can you give me the charges on that one?

These are the case #s I have: Marion County #49D31-1511-MR-041732 (Amanda murder)/# 49G05-1512-F1-044923 (rape, burglary, theft, auto theft, criminal confinement)/ #49D31-1506-CM-022985/Public Indecency & Public Nudity

Is that "new" # Amanda's case?

and do you have anything for the public indecency charge?
 

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Oh - Oh - I do not have this case # 49G05-1511-MR-041732 - can you give me the charges on that one?

These are the case #s I have: Marion County #49D31-1511-MR-041732 (Amanda murder)/# 49G05-1512-F1-044923 (rape, burglary, theft, auto theft, criminal confinement)/ #49D31-1506-CM-022985/Public Indecency & Public Nudity

Is that "new" # Amanda's case?

and do you have anything for the public indecency charge?
Ok... I don't know what's with the 49G05 number; when I type it in, the 49D31 number comes up. They appear to be the same case. I'll delete the 49G05 from my file. I always copy/paste file numbers so I won't make a mistake. Maybe they changed courts and never made the correction?

I'll check out their cases by name and get back to you.
 

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@Niner These are the case numbers that come up with a name search; so let's go with them. It's interesting that when I type in your case number for the rape, the case number below comes up. 49D31 is Judge Hawkins court and that's where all the cases are being tried. The public indecency case is tracking with the trial.
Larry Taylor
49D31-1511-MR-041732 Blackburn Murder
49D31-1512-MR-045959 Hernandez Murder
49D31-1512-F1-044923 Rape/ robbery with Jalen Watson only Taylor raped

49D31-1506-CM-022985 Public Indecency
05/26/2022 = Pretrial Conference
Session:05/26/2022 1:30 PM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment:in person ATTORNEYS ONLY at 2:30
06/10/2022 = Pretrial Conference
 

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I thought about following an Indy case with 11 co-defendants but wondered why would I want to punish myself that way.

Well - you can leave me out of that one!!! LOL! I like one defendant and a couple of charges against - not these multiple defendants - it gets frustrating trying to follow each one - but you know how that is! :D

and a good night to you!
 

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Thursday, May 26th:
*Pretrial Conference Hearing (@ 1:30pm) (All cases) - IN - Amanda Blackburn (28) (was 12 weeks pregnant shot to death, Nov. 10, 2015, Indianapolis) - *Larry Jo Taylor, Jr. (18/now 24) arrested & charged (11/23/15) & arraigned (11/25/15) with murder willful intent, murder in the course of a burglary, murder in the course of a robbery, murder enhancement, carrying a handgun without a license, criminal confinement, 2 counts burglary (11/10/15), 2 counts of theft (11/10/15), 3 counts of rape (11/3/15), robbery resulting in serious bodily injury (11/3/15), public indecency & public nudity. Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
Watson & Gordon confessed that Taylor was the shooter. In the Nov. 3, 2015 case, tests found that Taylor's DNA matched samples found on the victim & her clothing.
Trial was set to begin on 12/6/21 for murder only, but was declared a mistrial by Judge Grant Hawkins when a juror found out that Amanda was pregnant.
Trial rescheduled on 4/22/22 for jury selection & trial to begin on 4/25/22 continued to 6/3/22 with jury selection & trial begins on 6/6/22. (for murder only) (6/7, 6/8, 6/9 & 6/10)
Trial set to begin on 7/18/22 (for rape & robbery on 11/3/15)

Court info from 12/1/21 thru 4/15/22 reference post #668 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...red-indianapolis-10-nov-2015-4.295601/page-34

4/16/22 Update: Rape & robbery & other charges: Pretrial hearing on 4/22/22 was cancelled. Next pretrial hearing on 5/20/22 defendant need not attend. Pretrial conference hearings on 6/3, 6/6, 6/7, 6/8, 6/9 & 6/10/22 in person for jury selection. Trial begins on 7/18/22. Blackburn: Pretrial conference hearing on 5/20/22, not actually hearing, jury comes in to fill out questionnaires. Trial set to begin on 6/3/22 for jury selection & trial set to begin on 6/10/22.
5/20/22 Update: Blackburn: Pretrial conference hearing-attorneys only-on 5/26/22 @ 1:30pm. Jury selection still begins on 6/3/22 @ 8am & trial to start on 6/6/22 thru 6/10/22 @ 9am. 5/17/22: Rape plus case: Motion to vacate dates & continue filed by defendant. 5/18/22: Order denying motion to vacate & continue. 5/20/22 Update: Next pretrial conference hearing-attorneys only-on 5/26/22 @ 1:30pm, pretrial conference on 6/3/22 @ 9:30am, in person/tracking with jury trial. Pretrial conference hearing on 6/10/22 @ 9:30am, tracking with jury & jury trial on 7/18/22 @ 9am. Public Indecency: pretrial conference on 5/26/22 @ 1:30pm in person & attorneys only at 2:30pm & pretrial conference hearing on 6/10/22.
*Rolando Gonzalez-Hernandez (26) (shot to death, Nov. 4, 2015, Indianapolis) - Larry Jo Taylor, Jr. (18/now 24) charged (12/29/15) with murder, felony murder & robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.
Court info starting on 12/1/21 to 12/9/21 reference post #668 here:
https://www.websleuths.com/forums/t...red-indianapolis-10-nov-2015-4.295601/page-34

12/6/21 Update: Commenced & concluded. Defendant in custody. Judge Grant Hawkins, State by Ross Anderson & defense attorney Casanova. Tracking with jury trial. Next pretrial conference hearing on 12/9/21 @ 9:30am.
4/15/22 Update: Pretrial hearing on 4/22/22 has been cancelled. Next pretrial conference hearing on 5/20/22 defendant need not attend. Pretrial conference hearings on 6/3, 6/6, 6/7, 6/8, 6/9 & 6/10/22 in person for jury selection.

5/17/22: Hernandez: Motion to vacate dates & continue filed by defendant. 5/20/22 Update: Commenced & concluded. Next pretrial hearing on 5/26/22 @ 1:30pm & with attorneys only @ 2:30pm. Pretrial conference hearing on 6/9/22 @ 9:30am in person & trancing with jury trial. Pretrial conference on 6/10/22 @ 9:30am tracking with jury trial.
*Diano Cortez Gordan (24/now 30) – Plead guilty (4/5/21) & sentencing hearing on 5/6/22 was continued. Next pretrial conference hearing on 7/22/22.
*Jalen Emmanuel Watson (21/now 27) – Plead guilty (10/27/17) & sentenced to 29 years. Earliest possible release date: 8/17/2037.
 

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I know it's a bit early to ask @FrostedGlass - but I was going to print up some "new" note sheets tomorrow & was wondering if the murder trial is still on for 6/3 for jury selection for Taylor? With trial starting on 6/6.
On rape charge I have pretrial hearing on 6/3, 6/10 & jury trial on 7/18.
On Public indecency - next pretrial hearing on 6/10.
Hernandez - next pretrial hearing on 6/9 & 6/10.

A-Okay??!! TIA!
 

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@Niner
The rape dates are still the same
The public indecency are still the same
Hernandez dates are still the same

Blackburn
05/26/2022
Hearing Journal Entry
parties discuss jury forms, this was not a formal hearing

05/26/2022
Motion for Hearing Filed
Motion, Generic
Filed By:State of Indiana

05/27/2022
Order Granting Motion for Hearing
trial depos set 05/31/2022 at 3pm

05/31/2022
Hearing
Session:05/31/2022 3:00 PM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment:in person Trial deposition

06/03/2022
Jury Trial
Session:06/03/2022 8:00 AM, Judicial Officer: Hawkins, Grant W
Comment:in person, jury selection

06/06/2022 to 06/10/2022
Jury Trial
 
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