On November 10, 2015, Amanda Blackburn was beaten and gunned down in her home. She was shot 3 times execution style, including a shot to the back of her head. She was pronounced dead 2 days later. Amanda was the wife of Resonate Church pastor Davey Blackburn. Her toddler son Weston who was home at the time of the shooting was uninjured. Amanda was about 12 weeks pregnant at the time of her murder.
Three men have been arrested and charged in Amanda's murder. They are awaiting trial.
WTHR Amanda Blackburn murder investigation summary
When this case caught my attention last year, I was quickly alarmed at the inappropriate behavior of Davey Blackburn in his church messages. Most disturbing was his sermon two days prior to Amanda's murder in which he waved a gun around on stage and repeatedly acted out shooting a man in the back at Resonate Church, which meets in a middle school in Indianapolis. Did Davey violate the school district's policy against using weapons on school property?
Even if #daveyblackburn had zero to do w/#AmandaBlackburn murder, this is so inappropriate & reckless. Kids there? pic.twitter.com/cJDEefj3Iy— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) November 20, 2015
@Anthony_Gulley this is wise? And have you heard him talk about the women at the gym? #smdh #daveyblackburn pic.twitter.com/rGSt73mEUY— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) January 4, 2016
.@watchkeep Blackburn's violent sermon was copied from NS's Brad Cooper, who pretended to throw grenade at audience. pic.twitter.com/tVw4ldX6hX— James Duncan (@PajamaPages) November 21, 2015
The sexual content of Davey's messages also raised concerns, particularly the demeaning way he spoke of his sex life with his wife Amanda. He also displays in his messages a disrespectful and demeaning attitude towards women. In one message, Davey discusses his sexual temptations at the gym and chastises the women there whom he says do not look like they are there to work out but to be worked out.
recommend this to understand concern that #daveyblackburn "sexualized" his audience w/kids present: https://t.co/FiutEULXwA #AmandaBlackburn— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) November 20, 2015
Sexualization of the audience in his church raises concerns of red flag "grooming" behavior. #daveyblackburn https://t.co/pcmHtVbhlA— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) November 20, 2015
Even without his wife's murder I'd be blogging about his obnoxious, sex-crazed, gun-flashing behavior as a pastor. https://t.co/hzrPMcY5zo— Julie Anne (@DefendTheSheep) November 25, 2015
@wartwatch No anger towards murderer, desire for justice, or concern for neighborhood. Imagines she would be pleased with all the publicity.— James Duncan (@PajamaPages) November 18, 2015
Five months after his wife's murder, Davey will be back on the mega stage speaking at his mentor Perry Noble's Newspring Church this Sunday, April 24 with a live stream to Resonate. Davey, Resonate Church, Perry Noble and Newspring Church are spreading the word on social media about Davey's appearance, complete with a video. Davey, who appeared giddy even during his media tour the week of her death, seems ecstatic. He will tell how he's doing. He even had a photo shoot done to market his message.
Amanda's murder trial has yet to take place, so there has not yet been justice done for her and her unborn baby. It's now about Davey. It's "his story." What about Amanda, and what about Weston, who is forever without his mommy? What about the precious baby she was carrying? Is justice for Amanda still a "conundrum" for Davey?
.@aldenellis @daveyblackburn "his" story? What about Amanda & baby brutally murdered? Has there been a trial, convictions & justice 4 them?— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) April 21, 2016
This Sunday we will hear more of Davey's story, how he's doing, and how he can still have hope. Don't miss it. pic.twitter.com/bW35Oxt4S2— Resonate Church (@resonateindy) April 19, 2016
@newspring @daveyblackburn yep it was so difficult he sold t-shirts at her funeral. pic.twitter.com/FQNZ3SiSxW— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) April 21, 2016
Join us for an exclusive interview w/ @daveyblackburn &@perrynoble this Sunday. Share with a friend who needs hope! pic.twitter.com/Ra7PIO1CcC— NewSpring Church (@newspring) April 19, 2016
.@newspring What a load of crock. He sailed right through it & never asked that ?. He was rejoicing the day she died. Amazing revisionism.— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) April 21, 2016
.@newspring @daveyblackburn @perrynoble Exclusive, only if you don't count all the national TV networks the week she was murdered. #forindy— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) April 21, 2016
I'm still amazed at Davey's persistent faith in the face of tragedy. #nothingiswasted pic.twitter.com/8WFnXHExdj— Chris (@theDunagans) April 19, 2016
Davey Blackburn statement November 11, 2015 (one day after Amanda was shot, full statement here, archived here):
Since Davey will be speaking about how he's doing, let's take a peek at some of his Resonate Church's recent sermon series:
The last 2 weeks of #blood have been incredible! Watch the latest message here: https://t.co/PZdraEYYYU pic.twitter.com/ccFFoLGFyc— Resonate Church (@resonateindy) March 18, 2016
Sunday Funday! We can't wait to worship with you this morning. Service starts at 10:15am. #blood pic.twitter.com/9XEcGH5hGt— Resonate Church (@resonateindy) March 20, 2016
Davey Blackburn has been marketing his wife's murder from the beginning. In the few days after she was murdered, even before the suspects were caught, Davey had his cousin make t-shirts (archived here just in case) to sell at her funeral. Resonate Church announced that all profits went to Davey.
This past week, tragedy struck my family. My cousin's beautiful wife was killed through an act of senseless violence. As I made the long drive to Indianapolis, I could not help but to be angry about the situation. How could such an amazing young mother be taking from us so early. I felt sorrow for my cousin. However, when I arrived at my grandparents house I was met by an unbelievable force. Hope. My cousin, Davey Blackburn, was a rock of hope and inspiration of joy. Everyone would have understood if he was angry or depressed during this dark time, but he wasn't. When I arrived he immediately gave me a huge hug and asked how I was. His focus was not driven by anger but by complete, life-giving hope. He asked if there was any way that I could make some shirts that his wife, Amanda, had designed for their church in time for her celebration service.
Words are not adequate to describe how vile this is. He has no shame and will not stop. Dear God. #daveyblackburn pic.twitter.com/UJm7pcEyBN— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) December 15, 2015
On Novermber 13, 2015, 3 days after Amanda was shot, and 1 day after she was pronounced dead, someone at Newspring Church registered the domain Nothing is Wasted for Davey and Resonate Church.
Davey tweeted #nothingiswasted during Amanda's funeral:
We don't know what the future holds, but we do know Jesus holds the future #NothingIsWasted— daveyblackburn (@daveyblackburn) November 17, 2015
Today marks 2 months since my life was suddenly & drastically altered. I miss @AmandaGrace terribly but holding onto hope. #NothingIsWasted— daveyblackburn (@daveyblackburn) January 10, 2016
#NothingIsWasted—especially a chance to promote your brand.— The Intellectual (@churchintellect) November 25, 2015
@leoblair Amanda's tragic death should not be diminished as a marketing tool for growing a church, nor as an evangelism gimmick.— SwarnerGroup (@SwarnerGroup) December 11, 2015
So, like a reporter asked at the @IMPD_News press conference, were the alleged killers known by the Blackburns? #daveyblackburn— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) December 24, 2015
@MVSarcia If it wasn't random, she may have been a martyr, depending on motive. If it was random, as LE says, she can't have been a martyr.— James Duncan (@PajamaPages) December 28, 2015
Pastor Davey Blackburn Says God Allowed Wife's Murder So Church Could Live https://t.co/paamHpxISv pic.twitter.com/pmqR2WuuhK— Leonardo Blair (@leoblair) December 7, 2015
Davey's 911 call has yet to be released. In a blog post last week, Davey said he called 911 "as soon as I could."
"asked Indy police about y 911 call has not been made public. This is their exact words via email." #daveyblackburn pic.twitter.com/9E0VZO40Oh— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) December 15, 2015
Statement Analysis- Amanda Blackburn Murder: "Listening" to the Victim's Husband
Statement Analysis: Blackburn on Fox News: "I had no idea"
"how many people realize what he said about not knowing somebody had been in his house is as critical as it is??" https://t.co/Gf7GHfOu62— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) April 30, 2016
Davey Blackburn says God caused Amanda to be brutally murdered in an alleged random killing for worldwide revival. pic.twitter.com/XcRCww40MN— Amy Smith (@watchkeep) April 29, 2016