Two charged with rape and murder of Pastor's Wife

Nov 24, 2015 10:10 PM by Debbie Cobb


The two black men charged in the shooting death of an Indianapolis pastor's pregnant wife have said little upon facing a judge for the first time since their arrest.

A Marion County judge entered not guilty pleas for 18-year-old Larry Taylor Jr. and 21-year-old Jalen Watson during a hearing on Tuesday morning.

They quietly answered the judge's questions about whether they understood the charges, but didn't say anything about the accusations that they broke into the home of 28-year-old Amanda Blackburn, who is white, shortly after her husband left for the gym about 6 a.m. Nov. 10 for a trip.

Prosecutors on Monday charged the men with murder.

Court documents say Taylor shot Blackburn three times, including once in the back of the head. She was also raped. Blackburn was 12 weeks pregnant with a baby girl when she was murdered. Her 1-year old son was home at the time.

One teenager has also been charged. Authorities claimed the three suspects referred to themselves as "The Kill Gang."


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