Suspect in Amanda Blackburn murder charged in second fatal robbery

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Larry Taylor

Larry Taylor

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 29, 2015) -- An accused killer is now charged with a second murder in Indianapolis.

Prosecutors say one of the men responsible for killing Amanda Blackburn was also the triggerman in another homicide in early November.

On the night of November 4th, a man named Rolando Gonzalez Hernandez was killed in the parking lot of the La Joya apartments after being shot in the head.

The day before, at the Westlake apartments, a woman was raped at gunpoint.

Six days later, Amanda Blackburn was robbed and killed inside her home.

Prosecutors now say Larry Taylor Jr. is responsible for all three crimes.

“If we prove the allegations this individual committed 3 very very serious crimes in 8 days and we’ll seek to hold him accountable,” said Marion County prosecutor Terry Curry.

Curry says prior to the first murder Taylor met with friends and planned to rob a random victim.

According to court records, “Taylor told people he was going to ‘hit a lick’ and stated the ‘lick’ would be at the La Joya."

That term is street slang for robbery.

The affidavit continues that days later witnesses heard Taylor "talking about robbing a Mexican, going through his wallet but getting only $10.”

Taylor and a second suspect Jalen Watson are both charged with the rape at Westlake and the Blackburn murder.

The pair, along with a third man Diano Gordon, also allegedly committed two other random break-ins.

“Sometimes I feel alone and sometimes I feel afraid,” said Amanda’s husband Davey Blackburn.

Speaking at a church service last week, Davey Blackburn said it’s important to carry hope in the midst of pain.

That advice applies to the families of all of Taylor’s alleged victims.

“Next week I could be in a car wreck and be in heaven with Amanda. I don’t have to think about 2 years or 5 years down the road. I need the grace and strength for today and tomorrow he’ll give me more,” said Blackburn.

Prosecutors say all of the victims appear to have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I don’t think any of the victims were targeted but instead were random victims of very violent crimes,” said Curry.

Curry also says Taylor’s phone records put him in the area of the La Joya apartments the night of the first murder.


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