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Husband releases statement after teen charged in Amanda Blackburn homicide

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Davey and Amanda Blackburn are pictured in a photo from a happier times. Police say Amanda was killed in a home invasion and they're searching for her killer. (Photo provided by Unify Greenville) Davey and Amanda Blackburn are pictured in a photo from a happier times. Police say Amanda was killed in a home invasion and they're searching for her killer. (Photo provided by Unify Greenville)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (FOX Carolina) -

A teen has been arrested in the homicide case surrounding the wife of a former Upstate youth pastor and Indiana media outlets said additional suspects are expected to face charges in the case.

On Nov. 10, Amanda Blackburn was found critically injured in her Indianapolis home after a burglary. Police said Blackburn was shot in the head and died after being rushed to the hospital.

Blackburn, 28, was the wife of former NewSpring pastor Davey Blackburn. The couple has a 1-year-old son and officials said Amanda was 12 weeks pregnant at the time of her death.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department,18-year-old Larry Taylor was arrested on a preliminary charge of murder.

Taylor was arrested just before 11 p.m. on Sunday in connection with Blackburn's sexual assault and homicide. He had previously been questioned in the case and released, according to FOX 59 in Indianapolis.

Davey Blackburn issued the following statement to FOX 59 after the arrest:

Though it does not undo the pain we are feeling, I was extremely relieved to get the news of the arrest made last night of Amanda’s killer. The investigators have assured me they have a solidly-built case to ensure justice is levied and the process is expedited. The family and I couldn’t be more thankful for the level of compassion and professionalism the IMPD and investigators have shown us through the last couple of weeks. My hope is for 3 things in the weeks and months to come:

(1) That the court system would have wisdom on how to prosecute this man, so that no one else endures the pain Amanda and our family have had to endure because of his actions.

(2) That through all of this and although there will be great consequences for his actions, he would become truly sorry for what he has done and would even begin to experience the life-transforming power of the Grace and Mercy of Jesus Christ.

(3) That Jesus would give me and our family a heart of forgiveness.

Though everything inside of me wants to hate, be angry, and slip into despair I choose the route of forgiveness, grace and hope. If there is one thing I’ve learned from Amanda in the 10 years we were together, it’s this: Choosing to let my emotions drive my decisions is recipe for a hopeless and fruitless life. Today I am deciding to love, not hate. Today I am deciding to extend forgiveness, not bitterness. Today I am deciding to hope, not despair. By Jesus’ power at work within us, the best is STILL yet to come. Even when I don’t see it, I believe it to be true.

Perry Noble, pastor of NewSpring Church, released a letter on Monday about his continued prayers for the Blackburn family and called for a cable news show to issue Davey Blackburn an apology.

With all of this in mind I wanted our NewSpring family to know I am praying for three things...

#1 - That Jesus will continue to do an amazing work in Davey and his and Amanda's family. That as the overwhelming emotions of bitterness and anger are sure to war against their souls in the next several weeks, months and even years that they will continue to trust that the whole world really is in the hands of an all powerful God–and He really does take all things and use them for the good of those who love him.  

#2 - That justice will be served and those who did this will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  America has a justice system–and as flawed as it may seem to some people, it's the system that's been given to us. From this point we must pray for a fair trial, that the evidence is substantiated and it is overwhelmingly clear as to who is guilty in this case.  And as the trials begin to happen, we must pray that the assailants would see the forgiveness Davey continually extends and be completely overwhelmed with the amazing grace of God that they would surrender their lives to Christ.  

#3 - I really do hope and pray that Megyn Kelly, Jeanine Shapiro and FOX news will strongly consider issuing a public apology for the report that was aired on Thursday, November 12 on The Kelly File where Davey's involvement was called into question and essentially his name was dragged through the mud–which all led to a book promotion.    

As a result of this report, internet trolls began popping up everywhere, accusing Davey and issuing their own "conspiracy theories" as to how he had to have somehow arranged this.  

I have always admired Megyn Kelly and her journalistic ability, so when I saw this report by her on FOX I was both shocked and disgusted.  The Kelly File should apologize for this as journalistic integrity was tossed out the window for the purposes of a book promotion.  

I would ask our church family to please continue to pray for Davey as he has had to deal with countless internet bullies who have been ruthless, ungodly and venomous in their accusations against him.  He has been cleared by the authorities (and has been for quite some time) and he does not need the opinion of those who have lots of time on their hands, access to the internet and zero true friends in their lives to sit in the cheap seats and launch verbal assaults at him.  

He should not have to endure that–especially from those who call themselves Christians.  

Our church will continue to walk with Davey through this process, and while we will grieve with him as he grieves, we will also celebrate that Jesus still has work to do in and through him in Indianapolis.  

Read more of Noble's letter here.

*Note: Noble is addressing a program that aired on the FOX News cable network, which is a separate entity than FOX Carolina. We are a local affiliate that airs FOX prime time programming and sports. 

IMPD Chief Rick Hite issued a statement thanking other contributing agencies and promising that justice will be served.

"We are thankful to our federal, state and local partnerships that aided in the apprehension of the suspect in this terrible and senseless crime.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.  With the assistance of Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler and Prosecutor Terry Curry justice will be done." 

FOX 59 is reporting that  Taylor was arrested along with two others, Jalen Watson and Diano Gordon, who were charged with parole violation.

The news outlet reported that Taylor sexually assaulting and shooting Blackburn while the other two suspects stole her ATM card. The attack happened while Davey Blackburn was at the gym. The couple's 1-year-old was not hurt.

FOX 59 reports that the three suspects will also be charged in other burglaries including a rape in Indianapolis.

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