A CHILLING turn of events in the case of an alleged pedophile linked to one of the Delphi murder victims could cause their families even more grief.
Kegan Kline faces over 25 counts of child exploitation, child pornography and other charges unrelated to the murders.
He is accused of no involvement in the murders of best friends Libby German, 14, and Abby Williams, 13, whose bodies were found in Indiana in 2017.
However, his case became linked to hers after it was revealed that he allegedly had contact with Libby before she died.
Kline, 27, initially pleaded not guilty to the 25 child-related charges against him.
Now, however, he has changed his plea to guilty – sparking a twist in the case.
Kline allegedly used images of a male model to solicit nude photos and videos of underage girls.
One of his social media accounts, @anthony_shots, was said to have been in contact with Libby before she died.
Kline has repeatedly denied any involvement in the case. He also denied having been in Delphi on the day the murders were committed.
“I literally have no idea how this girl died,” Kline told investigators. “I don’t know anything, nothing, that has to do with it. Yeah that’s a weird coincidence that I happened to be talking to her as I understand.”
Meanwhile, Richard Allen, 50, was arrested last year and charged with the young girls’ murders after video footage showed him near the scene. Allen has pleaded not guilty.
The investigation into the girls’ murders was a lengthy process for their parents, who claimed the FBI failed to obtain vital surveillance footage.
Now the families face another potential obstacle in their long quest for justice.
According to a motion filed by Assistant District Attorney Courtney Alwine last week, Kline is to plead guilty to more than two dozen charges against him.
The request contains no indication that Kline Detectives may assist in future unspecified criminal investigations, Fox 59 News reports.
Kline’s guilty plea could mean some critical questions surrounding the Delphi murder will remain unanswered.
Kevin Greenlee, practicing attorney and co-host of Murder Sheet, said it was unusual for a defendant to plead guilty so close to a trial.
“The advantage for Kegan Kline of pleading guilty to avoid a trial would be, firstly, all the details and facts, some of which I’m sure he would find embarrassing, might not be revealed to the public,” he offered.
Aine Cain, the other Murder Sheet co-host, suggested that Kline’s guilty plea could certainly prevent many of the facts from becoming public.
“One of the benefits of going to court is that both sides have the opportunity to be heard, to provide evidence and to clarify a lot of things that are unclear,” Cain explained.
The criminal justice expert explained how Kline’s decision to plead guilty without a promise to cooperate in the Delphi case will affect the inquest into the girl’s death.
“There’s this kind of connection between him and Delphi that hasn’t been fully explained or ruled out,” Cain said. “I think that’s the problem.”
Cain also noted that in the Allen case, prosecutors must confront Kline’s decision and present a strong case to prove Allen is the only suspect.
According to Cain, prosecutors have to say, “Therefore, we’re certain it’s this guy and not these other guys you’ve heard of in the past, including but not limited to Kegan Kline.”
Allen’s new trial date will be set during a bail hearing in June.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7731423/major-twist-delphi-murders-kegan-kline-guilty-plea/ A major twist in the Delphi murder victim case could devastate families following the online catfish’s guilty plea