Attorneys for Delphi murders suspect ask for trial to be delayed

Richard Allen, 50, Delphi, Indiana

UPDATE (February 8, 2023):

DELPHI, Ind. (ADAMS) – Attorneys for Richard Allen are asking a judge to push back his double murder trial in Delphi.

A court filing says the defense has not yet received all the evidence the state has and does not expect it before February 10th.

The defense team says this does not leave them enough time to prepare for a February 17th hearing on Allen being held without bail.

The attorneys are also asking for the March 20th trial over the 2017 deaths of Abby Williams and Libby German be delayed.

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UPDATE (February 2, 2023):

DELPHI, Ind. (ADAMS) – Carroll County Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland is urging Special Judge Frances Gull to deny bond for the man accused of killing two teenagers in Delphi in 2017.

McLeland says people charged with murder are not eligible for bond if the state shows it can prove it is likely to prove Richard Allen committed the crime.

Allen has a hearing February 17 on the request for bond. Libby German and Abby Williams were killed in February 2017 while taking a hike.

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UPDATE (January 25, 2023):

DELPHI, Ind. (ADAMS) – Special Judge Fran Gull says jurors in the Richard Allen murder trial will be from Allen County.

Allen is accused of killing Abby Williams and Libby German in February 2017 and was not arrested until last October.

Gull said Monday the jurors would either be from Allen or St. Joseph counties before making the decision.

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UPDATE (January 24, 2023):

CAROLL CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Jurors in Richard Allen’s double murder trial will come from either Allen County or St. Joseph County.

The court will decide which county’s jurors will hear the trial.

Allen allegedly killed Abby Williams and Libby German in February 2017 and was not arrested until last October.

His defense team originally asked to have the trial moved at least 150 miles away.

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UPDATE (January 16, 2023):

DELPHI, Ind. (ADAMS) – Richard Allen’s trial will be held in Carroll County, but the jury will be from elsewhere in Indiana.

Allen is charged with killing 14-year-olds Abby Williams and Libby German nearly six years ago, and the judge ruled the gag order on the case will be permanent.

The judge gave attorneys on both sides a week to agree on a county to pull jurors from, noting “it’s painfully clear that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to find a jury here in Delphi, Indiana.”

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UPDATE (January 13, 2023):

DELPHI, Ind. (ADAMS) – The man accused in the 2017 murders of Libby German and Abby Williams is due back in court today.

Richard Allen will be present in the Carroll County courtroom for the hearing after his arrest in Delphi in late October.

The judge will hear arguments about a change of venue motion and could lift a gag order issued last month. The judge will also hear requests from the defense- including a change of venue motion and an ask for the evidence that prosecutors are preparing.

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UPDATE (January 10, 2023):

DELPHI, Ind. (ADAMS) – A hearing is scheduled for this week in the Delphi murders case.

A special judge will hear arguments on a change of venue requested by suspect Richard Allen’s attorneys.

That hearing is happening Friday at 10 a.m. It will be followed by an 11 a.m. hearing on the defense team’s request to fund more investigators.

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UPDATE (December 9, 2022):

DELPHI, Ind. (ADAMS) – The suspect in the murders of Abby Williams and Libby German in 2017 in Delphi is asking for public funding for his defense.

Richard Allen is asking Allen County Judge Frances Gull for a private hearing on the request without prosecutors or the public being involved.

He says that is due to a public hearing forcing his lawyers to disclose their defense theory.

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UPDATE (November 30, 2022):

DELPHI, Ind. (ADAMS) – One unfired bullet is what police say connected suspect Richard Allen to the murders in 2017 of Abby Williams and Liberty German.

According to court documents, the bullet was found between the girls’ bodies and had extraction marks on it.

Police found a .40 caliber pistol searching Allen’s home in October of this year, and say the bullet found was also from a .40 caliber gun. Allen has said he was on the trails in Delphi when the two were killed.

Meanwhile, Richard Allen’s defense attorneys are asking the court to change the venue for his trial.

They are asking to move the trial at least 150 miles from Carrol County to cut the risk of a “tainted jury pool”. No decision on the request has been made.

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UPDATE (November 23, 2022):

DELPHI, Ind. (ADAMS) – A special judge has yet to decide if charging documents will be released in connection to the Delphi murders.

50-year-old Richard Allen is accused of killing Libby German and Abby Williams in 2017, but the police evidence linking him to the crimes is unknown because the probable cause affidavit was sealed.

The special judge in the case says she will decide in the coming days if that will stay the case or not. She also set a bail hearing for Allen for February 17th at the Carroll County Courthouse.

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UPDATE (November 22, 2022):

DELPHI, Ind. (ADAMS) – The suspect in the Delphi murders is asking to be released from jail. Fifty-year-old Richard Allen was arrested on October 28th for the 2017 deaths of Libby German and Abby Williams.

His attorneys filed a request for Allen to be released without posting bond, or for the bail amount to be changed to a “reasonable” amount. This comes as a special judge will hold a hearing in the case today (November 22).

This will determine if court documents showing why Allen was arrested will remain sealed or will be opened to the public.

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Look for updates as they become available.

UPDATE (November 15, 2022):

DELPHI, Ind. (ADAMS) – The suspect in the Delphi murders now has legal representation.

50-year-old Richard Allen, accused of killing Libby German and Abby Williams in 2017, asked the court to provide him with a public defender last week.

He had first asked to find his own representation at his initial hearing, but later wrote the court asking for legal assistance due to its cost.

Court records now list Bradley Anthony Rozzi of Logansport as Allen’s lead attorney.

Co-counsel is listed as Andrew Joseph Baldwin with Baldwin Perry & Kamish PC in Franklin.

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UPDATE (November 10, 2022):

CARROLL CO., Ind. (ADAMS) -The suspect in the Delphi murders is asking for a public defender.

Richard Allen is facing murder charges for the 2017 deaths of Libby German and Abby Williams.

In a request, Allen says he asked to find his own representation at his initial hearing but didn’t realize how expensive it would be.

His request was filed on November 1st before he was moved from the White County Jail to Indiana Department of Correction custody.

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UPDATE (November 4, 2022):

DELPHI, Ind. (ADAMS) – A special judge will be appointed in the case of a man accused of killing Libby German and Abby Williams. Richard Allen is facing two counts of murder.

Judge Fran Gull in Allen County is expected to be appointed to the case. This comes after Carroll County Judge Benjamin Diener recused himself.

Meanwhile, Richard Allen will move from county jail to a state prison “for safekeeping.”

Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby filed the motion to move the 50-year-old to protect him ahead of his trial.

The probable cause affidavit will remain sealed until a public hearing.

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UPDATE (November 3, 2022):

DELPHI, Ind. (ADAMS) – A date is set for a hearing on whether or not the charging documents for the man accused in a 2017 double murder will remain sealed.

Richard Allen was arrested Friday in connection to the deaths of Abby Williams and Libby German in February of 2017.

A Carroll County Circuit Judge will decide if the probable cause affidavit in the case will be made public on November 22nd.

Until the documents are made accessible, it remains unknown how investigators linked Allen to the murders.

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UPDATE:

DELPHI, Ind. (ADAMS) – A 50-year-old man is charged with two counts of murder for the deaths of Abby Williams and Libby German.

The girls were killed in February of 2017 in Delphi. Indiana State Police announced Monday that Richard Allen was arrested Friday and in an initial hearing, he pleaded not guilty.

Allen was working for CVS in Delphi at the time of the murders and reportedly had interactions with the family.

CVS has released a statement about former employee Richard Allen. It is the only pharmacy in Delphi, and people knew him in the town of 3,000 people.

CVS says they are “shocked and saddened to learn that a store employee, who is no longer employed by CVS, was arrested as a suspect in these crimes” and say they are open to cooperating with the investigation.

Court documents in the case are currently sealed. A trial is set for March.

Indiana State Police released the following on Monday (10/31/22):

After an extensive investigation, the Delphi Double Homicide Task Force made an arrest for the murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German.

On February 13, 2017, Abigail Williams and Liberty German were tragically murdered while visiting the Monon High Bridge in Delphi, IN. Shortly after, the Indiana State Police and Carroll County Sheriff’s office created the Delphi Double Homicide Task Force, which encompassed federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. This task force has worked diligently the last five and a half years to ensure this horrendous crime did not go unsolved.

On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, detectives with the Delphi Double Homicide Task Force took Richard Allen, 50, from Delphi Indiana into custody at the Indiana State Police Lafayette Post for the murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German. Allen was transported to Carroll County Jail, where he was being held.

(Left) Liberty Rose Lynn “Libby” German, 14, (Right) Abigail Joyce “Abby” Williams, 13 (Courtesy: Indiana State Police)

On Friday, October 28, 2022, Allen was formally charged with two counts of murder and transported to the White County Jail, where he is currently being held without bond.

We would like to thank everyone who was involved throughout this investigation, which included the Indiana State Police, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Delphi Police Department, Carroll County Prosecutor’s office, United States Marshals Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and numerous other federal and local agencies. These agencies have invested countless hours and resources into this investigation.

This is an active and ongoing investigation. There is no further information to release at this time.

*All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

ORIGINAL STORY (October 31, 2022):

DELPHI, Ind. (ADAMS) – A press conference will be held today to give more information following an arrest that was made in connection to the murders of Abby Williams and Libby German in 2017.

50-year-old Richard Allen has been arrested.

Allen was booked Friday into the Carroll County Jail. Authorities will release more information this morning. The two girls were killed in February 2017 and the suspected killer was spotted in a photo from Libby German’s phone.

Indiana State Police released the following:
The multi-agency press conference scheduled for October 31, 2022, will be broadcast via Facebook Live on the Indiana State Police Public Information Office page. That page can be found at the included link. The press conference is scheduled to begin promptly at 10:00 A.M. (E.S.T.) Following the press conference, the media event will be available on the Indiana State Police YouTube channel.