High ranking members of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) have gone on record as stating Amber Blackburn was raped. Others have refuted the charge.
Amanda Blackburn (pictured right) was perhaps the ultimate example of someone that a civilized society is supposed to cherish and protect—the mother of a one-year old son, the wife of a pastor, and 12 weeks pregnant. But in the Indianapolis of 2015, Blackburn was murdered in her own home when her husband Davey was out for a morning workout. He returned to find his wife shot in the head (though his son was mercifully unharmed). And, rather than being besieged with tips from a grief-stricken community, Indianapolis police are being forced to beg for help from people more willing to protect the murderer of a woman whose White Life, apparently, Doesn’t Matter.
Davey, Weston, and Amanda Blackburn
(Breaking news: no fewer than four “suspects” are being detained for questioning, but no arrests have been made. Curiously, the Indianapolis police have made contradictory statements about whether Blackburn was sexually assaulted [Four suspects being questioned in connection to death of Amanda Blackburn, ABC 6, November 19, 2015]).
In an oddly-defensive press conference after the murder, the leaders of Indianapolis’s police department (which has a black chief) were forced to acknowledge issues of “community trust,” recycle Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” and plead for a halt to the prejudice against “snitching” so that people with information about Amanda’s murder could come forward. A black “community advocate”, Rev. Charles Harrison, was brought forward to condemn the “code of silence in our streets.” And, even while insisting that police would eventually hunt down the killer, Sheriff John Layton (who is white) wearily confessed the fight against crime in Indianapolis is “not progressing well” [End ‘snitching,’ help find Blackburn’s killer, by Matt McKinney and Mike Pelton, RTV 6, November 16, 2015].And we are getting closer to finding out just who killed her. [Family member of person of interest speaks up about Amanda Blackburn case, WTHR.com, 11-20-15]:
The sister of a person of interest in the Amanda Blackburn murder case says her brother was not involved in the brutal killing of the young mother at her Indianapolis home last week.
Wouldn't you want these two as neighbors? Jalen, left, is suspected of using Amber's stolen credit card...
"My brother had nothing to do with the Amanda Blackburn case and sounded confused about being questioned by police," said Geornita Watson.
Her 21-year-old brother Jalen Watson is reportedly one of four people questioned by Indianapolis Metro Police homicide detectives trying to find out who killed Amanda Blackburn.
Jalen Watson may be one of the people sources say caught on camera using Blackburn's credit cards at a couple of northwest Indianapolis businesses.
The 28-year-old's husband Pastor Davey Blackburn returned home November 10th after an early morning workout and found Amanda shot to death.
Several sources say police recovered DNA inside the Blackburn's home in The Woods of North Kessler due to Amanda being sexually assaulted during the break-in. She also put up a fight.
IMPD has not confirmed a sexual assault took place or is part of their investigation.
Watson's sister says he has been trying to get his life on track in the past few months despite a troubled childhood of juvenile arrests. She says he is just not capable of the violence seen in the Amanda Blackburn case.
She wants whoever killed the 12-weeks pregnant wife and mother to come forward.
"You need to come forward and take responsibility for what you've done instead of letting my brother take the fall for you," said Watson.WTF?... so his sister, Geornita, claims he couldn't have committed the murder of Amanda, despite having a troubled childhood filled with arrests and potentially being one of the people caught on camera using Blackburn's stolen credit cards.
Oh, and don't forget how police have labeled her murder: “Our detectives believe this was a robbery likely to have gone foul,” said Indianapolis Metro Police Sgt. Kendale Adams. [Police say pastor’s wife, killed in home invasion, was raped by killer, Fox 8, November 20, 2015]
Never forget: America at this point is irredeemable.
But it gets better. [Person of interest in Blackburn murder has lengthy criminal record, WTHR.com, 11-20-15]:
Family of a person of interest in the Amanda Blackburn murder are defending the 21-year-old, but neighbors paint a different picture.
Jalen Watson was arrested Thursday on an unrelated parole violation charge. He has a record dating back to at least 2008 in juvenile court.
George Rudolph remembers his old neighbor 60th St.
"Last house on the corner," he recalled. "We always saw cops."
Some of those were disturbance calls. A young Jalen Watson threatened his mother's boyfriend. At age 15, he was suspected of breaking into a neighbor's house to steal a flat screen.
"Nobody stopped him at that early age," Rudolph said.
That's how one of his early alleged victims says a teen goes from a break-in, to becoming a person of interest in a murder.
"There was always an excuse," she said. "Somebody bailed him out or taking up for him at the early age instead of holding him accountable."
Rudolph, a Vietnam veteran, doesn't understand when people kill their own people.
And if the 21-year-old is the one who attacked Blackburn, "He didn't give her a chance; Don't give him a chance."
"In my mind, I don't think he has anything to do with it," says Geornita Watson, Jalen's sister, who talked with WTHR's Steve Jefferson. "It's startled me because he has not been in any trouble. He was like, 'Well, they say something about a murderer, something, and I don't know what they're talking about'."
While he WAS on home detention and had juvenile arrests for resisting, theft, trespass and more, his sister says, "I honestly in my heart feel like my brother has nothing to do with this."I-R-R-E-D-E-E-M-A-B-L-E.
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