Monday, January 4

Larry Taylor Jr , Suspect in Murder of Pastor's Wife, Amanda Blackburn, Charged in 2nd Killing

One of three suspects linked to the slaying of an Indianapolis pastor's pregnant wife is facing additional charges connected with the unsolved murder of a man — shot dead over just $10, court documents show.
Larry Taylor Jr., 18, is already behind bars in connection with the apparently random killing of 28-year-old Amanda Blackburn during a home invasion last month. Her death was condemned by authorities for both its brutality and its shocking senselessness.
But the killing was only one piece of an eight-day spurt of violence that gripped the city beginning Nov. 3, according to court documents.
At the center of those alleged acts are Taylor and two other perpetrators. identified by authorities as Jalen Watson, 21, and Diano Gordon, 24.
IMAGE: Larry Taylor Jr.
Larry Taylor Jr. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department via AP
Their spree began when, police say, Taylor and Watson burglarized a unit at Indianapolis' Westlake Apartments while a woman was in the shower. She said Watson forced her out at gunpoint, and then Taylor sexually assaulted her, according to charging documents.
The men demanded the victim's bank cards and also stole her cellphone, purse, jewelry, TV and 2007 Chrysler Sebring, among other items, she said.
They were charged with burglary, theft and armed robbery. In addition, Taylor was charged with rape.
But that night was only the beginning, police say. Read More 

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