The prosecutor speaks of a “very solid case” against Richard Allen

DELPHI, Indiana – While defense attorneys for the man accused in the Delphi murders are pleading their client’s innocence, prosecutors say they have a “very solid case” against Richard Allen.

Both sides appeared in court Tuesday for a hearing to determine whether court files related to the case would remain sealed.

Delphi murder suspect Richard Allen
Booking photo by Richard Allen

Defense attorney Andrew Baldwin suggested that the probable cause affidavit, if released, would raise “more questions than answers” regarding the case.

Carroll County Attorney Nick McLeland, who urged those records to remain sealed, released a statement Wednesday saying his office had confidence in his case regardless of the court’s decision.

Here is McLeland’s statement:

The Carroll County Attorney’s Office appreciates that the judge listened to our arguments yesterday morning and looks forward to her decision. As I said in court yesterday, we firmly believe that the evidence shows that Richard Allen was implicated in the murder of Libby and Abby. As the investigation is ongoing and given the intense public interest in the case, we believe it is best if the documents remain sealed. Regardless of the verdict, we believe we have a very solid case against Mr. Allen and look forward to making our case in court.

For now, the public must take McLeland at his word; The documents remain classified while Judge Fran Gull tries to decide whether to release the full probable cause affidavit or a redacted version. She might also choose to keep those records under wraps.

Indiana State Police announced Allen’s arrest on October 31. He faces charges of two counts of murder, although neither police nor prosecutors have said how Allen is connected to the case.

McLeland told the court Tuesday there was “reasonable reason to believe that Allen is not the only person involved.”

Abby Williams and Libby German were found dead on February 14, 2017, a day after they were reported missing after a hike. The publicly available evidence included two sketches, a grainy photo of the killer and a shot of a man saying, “Down the hill.”

Despite widespread public interest, the investigation appeared to stall until ISP announced Allen’s arrest more than five years after the murders.

Allen’s attorneys welcomed the unsealing of the court documents, with Baldwin commenting that he and attorney Brad Rozzi believed her client’s innocence.

“That’s how much trust we have in our customers,” Baldwin said Tuesday. “As confident as we are of the evidence contained, at least what is written in the probable cause affidavit is not a cause for concern for us.”

Both defense attorneys have seen the indictment documents and said McLeland’s suggestion that other people could be involved was “new to us”.

Allen is currently being held without bond in a government facility. Judge Gull has scheduled a bail hearing for February 17, 2023 after granting a request for a hearing from Allen’s defense team.