Shock Delphi Snapchat murder decision revealed after new images of suspect Richard Allen in prison surface
DELPHI murder suspect Richard Allen has been moved to a new facility as he faces charges in the 2017 murders of two teenage girls.
Allen, 50, was arrested in late October 2022, years after the Indiana case of teenage friends Libby German and Abby Williams remained unsolved.
After Allen’s attorneys filed a motion last week raising concerns about his deteriorating mental and physical health, Judge Fran Gull on Friday allowed him to be transferred.
The motion allows Allen to be transferred within the correctional facility as long as space is available.
“In accordance with this order and the Safe Keeper Statute, the Correctional Service has the authority to relocate the accused within the Correctional Service to meet his or her medical and physical needs as directed by the Correctional Service physicians, psychiatrists or psychologists,” it read Gull’s command.
Allen’s attorneys filed the summary motion on April 5.
They believe Allen showed signs of physical and mental distress from being held at Westville Correctional Facility.
The defense pushed for moving Allen to a facility in Cass County so he could be closer to his family.
A new April 4 photo of Allen appears to show he has lost significant weight, his lawyers said.
According to the defense team, Allen is being held in a six-by-ten cell and made to sleep like a dog on a pad on the “cold concrete floor.”
They added that the suspect had not received a change of clothes for several days and the photo showed a stain on his T-shirt.
Additionally, Allen reportedly does not receive family visits and has “little, if any, time outside.”
According to the team, these factors have led to a “precipitous decline” in his physical and mental health and behavior.
The team is also concerned that the conditions will affect their ability to build a case for trial.
In the filing, the attorneys stated, “It is difficult, if not impossible, for Mr. Allen’s attorneys to share confidential and sensitive information with Mr. Allen because of the logistical challenges associated with Mr. Allen’s seclusion and isolation in the dimensions are connected that mr . All will be deprived of their constitutional right to participate in his defense.”
It continued, “Put simply, this version of Richard Allen was a very different version than Mr. Allen’s attorney with whom he had interacted for the past five months.
“The conditions under which Mr. Allen endured are similar to those of a prisoner of war.”
He is expected to be back in court for a bail review hearing on June 15.
A June 16 hearing is also scheduled if the court needs additional time.
Valentine’s Day 2023 was six years since 14-year-old Libby and her best friend Abby, 13, were found dead along an abandoned railway in Delphi after disappearing while hiking the Monon High Bridge Trail.
The case had remained unsolved for years, with no leads or suspects in the eighth-graders’ deaths.
In 2022, cops had a breakthrough when they linked Allen to the location of the incident based on witness statements and Snapchat footage found on German’s phone.
The arrest of the married father and pharmacist tech at a local CVS store in the heart of the city shocked the community.
An affidavit unsealed by a judge last month revealed that an unused .40 bullet found between the two girls’ bodies appeared to have been put through a pistol belonging to Allen.
The documents also revealed that Allen admitted in two separate interviews that he was on the bridge at the same time the girls were killed.
During an interview on Oct. 13, 2022, Allen told police that he was wearing jeans and a blue or black Carhartt jacket, according to the affidavit that day.
The clothing Allen admitted to police matches the outfit of a man known as “Bridge Guy” who was caught on video by Libby approaching the two girls and instructing them to “just before their deaths.” to go down the hill”.
It was never revealed how Libby and Abby were killed, although the two girls’ bodies were reportedly “put up” and items of clothing taken from them as trophies.
Allen has denied involvement in the girls’ deaths and has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder.