Delphi murder suspect Richard Allen may not have acted alone, arrests could be imminent
An Indiana man accused of killing two teenage girls in the infamous Delphi murder case may not have acted alone, prosecutors said Tuesday.
CVS employee Richard Matthew Allen, 50, was suddenly charged last month — more than five years after the murders of 14-year-old Libby German and 13-year-old Abby Williams — shocking the small community.
“We believe that Richard Allen is not the only player involved,” Carroll County Attorney Nicholas McLeland said during a court hearing Tuesday, according to WTHR.
However, few details have emerged since, after a judge took the unusual step, at McLeland’s request, of sealing the probable cause affidavit and indictment documents in the case.
Allen, who is married and has no criminal record, has pleaded not guilty and his attorney claims the sealed papers show there is little evidence against him.
“They will read this probable cause affidavit online or wherever they can get it and hopefully it will ring someone to help us because they are innocent,” defense attorney Andrew Baldwin said, WTHR reported.
“He told us that very emotionally.”
However, police have shared scant details of the killings and have not even disclosed how the teenagers were killed, claiming they withheld information to protect the investigation.
It could also be that the case documents remain sealed because other arrests are pending, a legal expert told The Post.
“It’s definitely a possibility,” Indiana-based attorney Monish Patel said. “He might be the one chatting”
Under state law, a suspect could be charged with murder if someone dies while a crime is taking place, even if the suspect didn’t kill anyone directly, he noted.
“If you and I rob a bank and you shoot someone and kill them while we’re robbing the bank, I’ll be charged with murder as well,” he explained, adding that sealing records is rare in state cases.
“Maybe they’re still gathering evidence on the guy in question and if they don’t have enough it would jeopardize their investigations in terms of gathering more evidence when they’re out there,” he said.
“They want to lead a slam dunk case against this guy, so they want to get all the evidence they can.”
The killings shocked the community in Delphi, a small town of 3,000 people about 60 miles outside of Indianapolis.
A man who was in prison on child pornography charges had previously been linked to the killings, although he was not charged in the case.
Kegan Kline had allegedly made plans via social media to meet Libby at the bridge where she disappeared the night before she died. He has denied having anything to do with the murders.
German and Williams disappeared on February 13, 2018 while hiking the Monon High Bridge Trail in Delphi. They did not show up at a pickup location and were found dead the next day in a rough area off the trail.
Police released part of an eerie cellphone video Libby took before her death, showing a man on the railway bridge saying “down the hill.” A sketch of the suspect based on the video was later released.
Allen had been photographed at a local restaurant, with the sketch hanging visible behind him.
He had reportedly even developed a film for the grieving family without incriminating them.
Several news organizations, including the Associated Press, are urging the affidavit to be released, even though a petition backed by the victims’ families to keep the records locked has garnered over 41,000 signatures.
With mail wires
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