Delphi killings update: Richard Allen’s arrest makes people feel safer, says Indiana victim’s sister

Police announce charges against Richard Allen in Delphi murder case

Police in Indiana have charged a 50-year-old local man in the 2017 Delphi murders — more than five years after the bodies of best friends Libby German and Abby Williams were found near a wooded trail.

Richard Allen was charged with two counts of murder on Friday and pleaded not guilty.

The investigation is far from over, state police Superintendent Doug Carter said at a news conference Monday as he urged the community to come forward with more information.

After the arrest was announced, Libby’s family revealed they had a meeting with the man now accused of her murder, accusing him of “hiding in plain sight” the whole time.

Libby’s sister Kelsi German also tweeted that “the world feels safer” after the arrest.

Libby, 14, and Abby, 13, were killed after setting out for a hike on the Monon High Bridge Trail in Delphi in February 2017. Their bodies were found about a half-mile off the trail the next day.

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What will happen after Richard Allen is arrested?

At a news conference announcing Richard Allen’s arrest Monday, authorities warned that the case is far from over.

Mr Allen was taken into custody on October 26 and charged with two murders two days later.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Speaking to reporters, Carroll County District Attorney Nick McLeland stressed that details to be released about the case will remain limited for the foreseeable future.

“Today is about Abby and Libby,” Mr. McLelland said, adding that court documents related to Mr. Allen’s arrest would be sealed for at least the next 30 days.

A preliminary hearing is currently scheduled for January 13, 2023.

The murder trial is scheduled to begin in March, although the schedule may change.

Megan SheetsNovember 1, 2022 13:00

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Libby German’s sister says ‘people feel safer’

The sister of Delphi murder victim Libby German shared an emotional message just hours after police formally announced charges against Richard Allen.

Speaking on Twitter, Kelsi German wrote: “We have a lot more work to do, but people felt a little safer today.”

He included a photo of a path covered in fall foliage.

Earlier in the day, Kelsi tweeted: “We got him. October 28 was the day.”

She shared Mr Allen’s look and the police press release about the development, adding in a follow-up tweet: “*innocent until proven guilty.”

By the Independent Rachel Sharp has more:

Megan SheetsNovember 1, 2022 12:33 p.m

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Family of Delphi murder victim reveals chilling encounter with suspect Richard Allen: ‘Hiding in plain sight’

The family of one of the Delphi victims have revealed they had a chilling encounter with the man accused of her murder as they learned he was “hiding in plain sight” the whole time.

Mike and Becky Patty, the grandparents of victim Libby German, told reporters after Monday’s press conference that they remembered suspected killer Richard Allen serving them once at the local CVS where he worked.

Mr. Allen, a trained drug technician who worked at the store in the heart of the small town of Delphi, edited some of the photos for the family and didn’t charge them for the images when they came in to pick them up.

Other than that, family members said they did not know Mr. Allen, but – in a tight-knit town of just 3,000 residents – had likely met him on other occasions over the past five years.

The independentRachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel SharpNovember 1, 2022 12:00

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Everything we know about the case

It’s been more than five years since best friends Libby German, 14, and Abby Williams, 13, embarked on a drive to their hometown of Delphi, Indiana – never to be seen alive again.

Since then, several locals have been suspected of their murders.

But no arrests were made, no suspects were officially named, and one promising lead after another went cold. So far.

For the first time, a man has been arrested and charged with the murders of the teenagers in 2017.

Richard Allen, a 50-year-old married man from Delphi, was taken into custody Wednesday (Oct. 26) and booked into the Carroll County Jail. He has since been transferred to a state facility for his own safety.

The independentRachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel SharpNovember 1, 2022 11:00

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‘We got him’: Delphi victim’s sister reacts as Richard Allen charged with murders

The sister of one of the Delphi victims has welcomed news that a suspect has finally been charged in the murders – more than five years after her sister and her best friend were found dead following a hike.

Libby German’s sister, Kelsi German, tweeted “we got him” on Monday after police held a news conference announcing charges had been filed against local resident Richard Allen.

“We got him. October 28th was the day,” he tweeted.

Ms Germanos shared Mr Allen’s look and the police press release about the development, adding in a follow-up tweet: ‘*innocent until proven guilty.*’.

The independentRachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel SharpNovember 1, 2022 10:00

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Everything we know about suspect Richard Allen

The 50-year-old married man arrested last week in connection with the 2017 Delphi murders has now been charged for more than five years in the double murders of teenage best friends Libby German and Abby Williams.

Richard Matthew Allen, of Delphi, Indiana, was taken into custody Wednesday (Oct. 26) and booked into the Carroll County Jail. On Friday, he was charged with two counts of murder and transferred to a state facility, reportedly for his own safety.

Indiana State Police announced the charges Monday — a bombshell development in the high-profile case that rocked the small, tight-knit community of Delphi and had remained unsolved for more than half a decade.

Allen, 50, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is said to be refusing to cooperate with the investigation.

The independentRachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel SharpNovember 1, 2022 09:00

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The discovery comes after several drivers have gone cold over the years

Richard Allen’s arrest comes more than five years after the murders of Libby German and Abby Williams.

In December, said Libby’s grandmother, Becky Patty The independent that she was no longer getting her ‘hopes’ out with every development in case after so many leads had been frozen over the years.

“We’ve had so many things come up that we don’t get our hopes up,” he said at the time.

“We’ll wait and let the police do their job.”

Read the full December interview here:

Rachel SharpNovember 1, 2022 08:00

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Catfishing account linked to case

In one of the biggest updates to the case to date, Indiana State Police announced in December that officials had “uncovered” a fake online profile called @anthony_shots that had been used to contact at least one of the victims during the shooting. during their deaths.

The profile was used from 2016 to 2017 on platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram and used photos of a well-known young model – who has no connection to the account or the case.

Investigators said the person behind the account was Kegan Anthony Kline, a 27-year-old man with addresses in Kokomo and Peru, near Delphi.

Klein admitted to authorities that he used the account to groom underage girls online and get them to send nude photos and their addresses and try to get them to meet him. He allegedly admitted to receiving about 100 sexual photographs and about 20 sexual videos from about 15 underage girls.

Klein was arrested on 30 felony charges, including images of child sexual abuse and child exploitation in 2020.

According to an affidavit, Indiana State Police and the FBI executed a search warrant at his home in Peru on February 25, 2017 – less than two weeks after Abby and Libby were killed.

Klein has denied any knowledge or involvement in the deaths of the two teenagers and has not been charged in the case.

However, the account remained of interest to investigators who urged anyone who had contacted, met or attempted to meet the person posing as @anthony_shots to come forward with information.

It is unclear if the account is in any way connected to the arrest and charging of Richard Allen.

Rachel SharpNovember 1, 2022 07:00

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ICYMI: Police charge Richard Allen with Delphi murders

A 50-year-old local man has finally been charged in the 2017 Delphi murders – marking the first step towards justice for teenage best friends Libby German and Abby Williams who were brutally murdered more than five years ago.

Indiana State Police announced at a news conference Monday morning that Richard Matthew Allen, a Delphi native and married father with a grown daughter, was charged with two counts of murder on Friday.

Allen, 50, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held without bail. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for January with a trial date in March.

“I’m proud to say that today – actually last Friday – that today is the day. An arrest has been made,” Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said.

However, Supt Carter added that “today is not a day to celebrate” as Libby and Abby’s families still have to carry on without them.

The independentRachel Sharp has the full story:

Rachel SharpNovember 1, 2022 04:50

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Local residents said the suspect seemed ‘normal’

Local residents reacted with shock when news of Richard Allen’s arrest broke on Friday, saying he seemed “like a normal guy”.

“When I would go to CVS as a customer myself, he would say ‘do you need help?’ I would be like, ‘no,'” Chandler Underhill, manager of the local Brick & Mortar Pub, where he said Mr. Allen was a regular, told Fox59.

“Just like a normal guy I’ve been seeing for the past couple of years, thinking nothing of it.”

Mr Underhill said Mr Allen always seemed “normal” when he walked into the pub where he works.

“I would talk. he wouldn’t say much. He seems like a normal guy,” she said.

“One of my servers was telling me he wouldn’t talk much.”

Libby’s grandfather told reporters Monday that his granddaughter’s accused killer was “hiding in plain sight” the whole time.

Rachel SharpNovember 1, 2022 03:50

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