(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indianapolis pastor whose wife was fatally shot in an alleged home invasion says he’s “relieved” that two men have been arrested in connection to her slaying.
The arrests of Larry Jo Taylor and Jalen Watson have prompted mixed emotions as he grapples with the Nov. 10 attack on his wife, Davey Blackburn told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” today.
“In some ways, it actually makes it harder because there’s actually a face and a name to the events,” Blackburn said of the arrests, though adding that he and his relatives “certainly feel relieved that these people aren’t going to be able to inflict the kind of pain that they did on us to anyone else.”
Taylor, 18, faces 13 charges in connection to the slaying of 28-year-old Amanda Blackburn in an alleged home invasion that turned deadly, and his alleged accomplice, Jalen Watson, 21, faces nine similar charges, including murder, court documents show.
Both appeared this morning in an Indianapolis court where a judge entered not guilty pleas on their behalf. Public defenders were assigned to both men, whose only words in court were their “yes” and “no” answers to the judge’s questions.
“I think up to this point, the hardest point is thinking about tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next day for a couple reasons,” Blackburn said. “One is, I honestly don’t know how to do life without Amanda.”
Amanda Blackburn, who was pregnant at the time of the attack, was at home with the couple’s year-old child when the suspects allegedly entered their home after seeing Davey, 30, leave to go to the gym.
Davey Blackburn, who is the head of the Resonate Church that he founded with his wife when they moved to Indiana, told ABC News that it’s “difficult to think about the 10 years that we shared and thinking about the next 10 years where it’s going to look totally different.”
“Everything goes in waves. There’ll be one minute that we feel angry and one minute we feel lonely and one minute I feel despair and one minute I feel hope and one minute I feel joy,” Blackburn said.
“Almost everything I see and experience reminds me of her and so there’ll be something that will just trigger sadness.”
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