Sister of potential suspect in Amanda Blackburn’s murder defends her brother

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 20, 2015) - More than a week has passed since 28-year-old Amanda Blackburn was fatally shot and sexually abused during a brutal home invasion at her northwest side home on November 10.

IMPD investigators are still questioning potential suspects-- and Friday, FOX59 talked with the sister of one of those men.

Jalen Watson, 21, was arrested for a parole violation and possession of marijuana Thursday afternoon.

Watson’s older sister Geornita talked with us at her home about Jalen’s arrest. She says her brother called her from jail Thursday evening.

She believes Jalen didn’t have anything to do with the murder of Amanda Blackburn.

“He told me that he’d been locked up and I’m like, 'For what? What did you do?' It startled me because he hadn’t been in any trouble so, he’s like, 'Well, they said something about a murder or something, Geornita I don’t know what they’re talking about, like I don’t know anything,'” said Watson.

Watson has a lengthy criminal history that includes burglary, theft, possession of a controlled substance and gang activity.

His sister says he was in the process of turning his life around.

Blackburn, a mother and wife of a local pastor was shot in the head, sexually assaulted and died two days after the incident.

She was also 12 weeks pregnant with her second child.

DNA evidence was collected in the Blackburn case. At least three suspects were swabbed for DNA that could possibly link them to the crime.

No arrests have been made yet in the case.

If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.