People Suspect Pastor Davey Blackburn May Have Something to Do With His Wife’s Murder
(In the days after making this post, I have added new links, mostly at the bottom of the post)
I haven’t been keeping up with this news story all that much. I’ve just skimmed a few other blog posts about it.
A lot of Christian chatter I’m seeing online indicates people suspect that Davey Blackburn, who is a pastor, may have hired a hit man to murder his wife, or he killed her himself. They find his actions suspicious, his demeanor and tone when talking about his deceased wife suspicious.
All I care to say at this point that if true, if this pastor husband did in fact murder his wife or paid someone to have her killed, I would not be shocked.
I already keep a long, running list of such stories – I have many blog posts on my blog here with links to news stories of men who claim to be Christ-followers, who are married, who are arrested for killing or beating their wives. You can view that collection of links (Link): here.
The police said a few days ago that they cleared the husband, but still, a lot of people I’ve seen online think that the husband had something to do with his wife’s murder.
Let this news story of the pastor’s wife being found dead, with a bullet wound in her head, be a reminder that if you do actually marry, there is no guarantee your spouse will live for years with you.
Your spouse may die, leaving you single again.
I mention this because secular and Christian culture tend to paint this picture of life that there is a “soul mate” for everyone, that you will find this soul mate person, marry them, and live happily ever after.
The truth is, your spouse may be a crime victim, get in a car wreck and die, or develop cancer and die.
Christians therefore need to stop placing so much emphasis on “the nuclear family” and marriage – the New Testament teaches that all believers in Christ (and Christ himself) are to take priority over your spouse or blood relations.
The way this works, is that if you are married and your spouse dies, you will not be left completely alone, IF your church family (assuming you have one) will be your family too. You won’t be left alone.
However, many churches don’t view other Christians in this manner; they all think the cure for loneliness is to marry and have some kids. But what happens if you never marry, you divorce, or your spouse dies?
Edit. Here are some new links, by way of Watchkeep’s Twitter and Janet Mefferd’s Twitter:
Jarrett emphasized that the pastor is not a person of interest, but must be investigated because in so many cases, husbands and boyfriends are involved when a female is murdered.
The pastor said he left the house at 6am on the morning of the murder to go to the gym, then found his wife when he returned.
Jarrett said another issue is that authorities cannot pin down the exact time that Amanda Blackburn was shot.
Therefore, Jarrett said police can’t rule out that Amanda was shot before the pastor left.
Jarrett said the suspect in the surveillance image is said to have broken into a home nearby beforehand, but there was no sign of forced entry at the Blackburn home and nothing was taken.
… Jarrett noted that there was no “discernible” sadness, tears or anguish from the pastor during the interview.
He said all people grieve in different ways, but others have also pointed out that the pastor smiled at other points in the interview.
Here are links to the news story about Blackburn and his wife’s murder:
Nov 13, 2015
Indiana crime fighters cleared a popular pastor in the fatal shooting of his pregnant 28-year-old wife and narrowed their investigation to a rash of burglaries in the couple’s leafy Indianapolis neighborhood, officials said during an emotional press conference Friday morning.
Officials did not name any potential suspects in the death of Amanda Blackburn but said they were investigating several possible leads. They believe the Tuesday morning shooting is connected to a second burglary at a neighbor’s home. A witness spotted a suspicious person in the neighborhood who was later captured in surveillance footage on the pastor’s front porch around the same time as the shocking murder, officials said.
Davey Blackburn, the husband of an Indianapolis woman shot and killed in her home last week, spoke out for the first time on Good Morning America, and said he is “baffled” by the slaying.
Amanda Blackburn died Thursday after she was shot and killed Tuesday morning in her Northwestside home in what police are calling a burglary.
“Amanda didn’t have an enemy in the world,” Blackburn told GMA anchor George Stephanopoulos. “This has baffled us as much as anybody.”
Detectives said in a press conference on Friday that surveillance equipment captured images of a suspect who police said burglarized a nearby home just before Blackburn’s killing.
Blackburn, pastor and founder of Resonate Church, an independent church on the Northside, said investigators haven’t briefed him on the case beyond what police have released to the public.
He spoke at length during the segment about his wife’s relationship with Jesus. Both come from a family of preachers.
“She spent her life pouring her life out to people,” Blackburn said of his wife.
When asked about his 15-month-old son Weston, Blackburn said knowing he will grow up without his mom has been “one of the hardest things in this whole process.”
Detectives are still searching for the suspect caught on camera, described by police as a a male between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall and of slim-to-medium build, who was wearing light-colored pants and a two-toned hoodie.
Police said last week that the suspect slipped into the house after seeing Davey Blackburn leave for the gym.
by E Chuck
A pregnant Indiana woman who died from a fatal gunshot to the head last week “didn’t have an enemy in the world,” her husband says.
Davey Blackburn, a pastor, was at the gym last Tuesday when his wife Amanda, 28, was shot in their Indianapolis home, according to a statement from Blackburn’s church. Their 15-month-old son, Weston, was in his crib at the time but was not harmed.
“I think the most confusing things in life are when it seems like bad things happen to good people,” Blackburn told NBC News in an interview Tuesday. “Amanda didn’t have an enemy in the world. Not one. We don’t get it. We’re confused and we’re distraught.”
Police say Amanda was shot during a home invasion and have released surveillance video of a suspect. There were no signs of forced entry.”We want to find whoever did this,” Blackburn said. “It’s such a conundrum. In our hearts, we want justice.”But Amanda — who was deeply religious — would want those grieving her to forgive her killer, he said.”She lived her life to see people who were the unforgivable be forgiven,” he said.
I saw a link to this Tweeted by Watchkeep’s Twitter:
Someone – whoever wrote that page – analyzed Blackburn’s comments about his wife’s death. Here is an excerpt:
This comes at a time when he should have been ‘reeling’ from the ‘blow’ and without bearing.
Any normal grieving words were expected, but unheard; instead, his focus was upon himself, in particular, his career and how her death could benefit his career through publicity for his company/church.
The word “company” is intended to cause the reader to see what he did as something he was driven to success with. I take this language from Blackburn, himself, who mentioned starting the work with “$100,000 of start up cash” and his wife’s complaint that he was always at “work” beginning right after the honeymoon, which, from her perspective, led to the bad marriage.
From his perspective, it was not “work” that made the marriage bad, but pregnancy and his wife’s inability or unwillingness to meet his sexual needs.
This, too, was her fault because he “articulated” his need, as he condemned other men for blaming their wives when they had not, in fact, “articulated” the need, leaving the wife to “guess” what was wrong.
In this lengthy list, the subject is telling us of his wife’s dedication which was to everyone but the subject, himself. The list is long and it is void not only of the subject, but the child as well.
One of the things I find puzzling – this guy had at least two children by this woman, so he was OBVIOUSLY having sex with her, so how can he claim she was “not meeting his sexual needs”?
Are Christians (and even Non-Christians) totally ignorant of the concept of masturbation? If your wife is not putting out (or not enough to your satisfaction), go pleasure yourself. Problem solved. Sex with another person is a luxury, not a necessity.
Nov 24, 2014 Update
Some men were arrested for the murder of Amanda Blackburn.
Based on what I’ve read of her husband’s behavior in the days after her death (and even on the day of), he acts very peculiar, not how you’d expect a man to behave who lost his wife to murder.
While to a degree I can appreciate a self-professing Christian trying to find some divine meaning or purpose in the death of a loved one, from what I’ve seen on social media, Davey Blackburn has, in my view, carried this much too far.
Davey Blackburn seems to be using his deceased wife as some kind of marketing gimmick, or something of that nature, which does not read so much as respect to Jesus but as disrespect to his wife. He has taken trips and I think given odd sermons in churches in the days following his wife’s murder.
A lot of people are citing this video to show how peculiar and awful some of Davey Blackburn’s views are – I’ve only watched parts of it so far:
(Link – You Tube video): The Intriguing Murder Of Amanda Blackburn And Her Intriguing Husband
More links (news updates):
Police arrested three men in connection with the brutal death of Amanda Blackburn, the pregnant 28-year-old pastor’s wife in Indiana, officials said Monday, and RadarOnline.com has obtained the shocking court documents.
Blackburn was found by her husband Davey in their home on Nov. 10, bleeding from the head while their 1-year-old son was also in the house.
According to the Marion County District Attorney, 18-year-old Larry Taylorwas arrested after an exhaustive investigation.
The documents state they found an ATM receipt in a stolen car from Blackburn’s account; and that a sweater in the stolen car had evidence on it that linked to Taylor. Jalen Watson, 21, was also arrested. Both men have been charged with murder, felony burglary, theft, robbery and auto theft, among other charges. (Diano Gordon was also with the two men during the incident, but he has not yet been charged with a crime; he remained behind bars on a parole violation not related to the alleged murder.)
The documents state that on Nov. 10, Larry Taylor did “knowingly or intentionally kill” Blackburn,whose husband came home from the gym and found his wife “face down in blood on the living room floor.
“She was nude with her panties next to her and her shirt pulled up as if someone tried to pull it off,” according to court docs. “However, it was not unclear if Blackburn had been sexually assaulted.”
Two men arrested in connection with the Indianapolis murder of a pregnant preacher’s wife pleaded not guilty Tuesday, according to defense attorney Dominic Martin.
Larry Taylor, 18, and Jaylen Watson, 21, were charged with murder in the death of Amanda Blackburn, who was shot and killed in a home invasion this month.
The next hearing in the case is set for January 8.
December 2017 Update.
Davey Blackburn, the founder of Resonate Church, married Kristi Monroy at Laurel Hall in Indianapolis on Sunday
He wrote on Instagram: ‘Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? ‘I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert’
His first wife, Amanda, was tragically killed when three men entered the unlocked door to the home the couple shared
Amanda, who was 12 weeks pregnant at the time, was shot in the head and later died from her wounds; she was defending their 1-year-old son, Watson
Monroy and Blackburn met at a CrossFit gym in September 2016 and he proposed to her on November 8
She has a daughter named Natalia from a previous relationship
A week after his surprise resignation from the now defunct Resonate Church he founded with his late wife, Amanda, Indiana Pastor Davey Blackburn said he knew the church was going to close before his resignation but he didn’t reveal that to the congregants.
Blackburn revealed in a post on his blog shortly after The Christian Post asked him about how the closure was handled that he was “heartbroken” about the church having to shut down and took responsibility for it.
April 2021 Update
A man who pleaded guilty to shooting and killing Indianapolis Pastor Davey Blackburn’s 28-year-old pregnant wife six years ago has been sentenced to 29 years in prison and asked to cooperate with the state in the prosecutions of two other men charged in the robbery and murder case.
Jalen E. Watson, 27, has been sentenced to 29 years for robbery leading to serious bodily injury and 10 years each for two counts of burglary, IndyStar reported, adding that the sentences will be served concurrently.
by Leonardo Blair
June 7, 2022
A trial set for a 25-year-old man accused of the 2015 murder of Amanda Blackburn, the pregnant wife of Pastor Davey Blackburn, who led the now-defunct Resonate Church in Indianapolis, has ended in a mistrial for the second time after jurors learned details about the case.
…In declaring a mistrial in the case for a second time on Monday, Hawkins said one of the jurors told the others about the case’s history in the court system, The Indianapolis Star reported.
A new trial has now been rescheduled for August.
Taylor is facing four counts of murder, three counts of burglary, three counts of theft and a count of robbery in connection with Blackburn’s murder. One of three men charged in the killing, Taylor was also charged with criminal confinement, auto theft and carrying a handgun without a license.
(Link): Pastor charged in wife’s murder was headed to Europe to marry boyfriend, prosecutor says – Single Xtian Ladies: Kick that Be Equally Yoked Teaching to the Curb! Also: Marriage and Parenthood do not make people more godly or mature or loving or ethical
(Link): Baptist missionary and husband murders wife on Valentine’s Day so he could be with his mistress – Tell me again why Christian women should only date or marry Christians when garbage like this keeps happening?
(Link): Married Baptist Preacher with Daughter Charged With Murdering Three People in Pawn Shop – Tell Me Again Why Single Christian Women Should Only Consider Marrying Christian Guys? And How Parenting and Marriage Makes a Person More Godly and Mature?
(Link): “I found that the abuse began or escalated when the men became Christians … When rigid traditional family values are combined with rigid traditional religious beliefs, there is always abuse.” (by B H Brennen)
(Link): Ex-Church Usher Found Guilty of Hiring Hitman to Kill His Wife So He Can Pursue Kinky Sexual Lifestyle With His Mistress (the guy in this story is married AND is a parent)