The prime suspect in South Bend’s Osco triple homicide case has been let off the legal hook.
Prosecutors have decided that Christopher Allen will not be tried for a fourth time in connection with the 1990 robbery and triple murder at the Osco on Western Avenue.
According to special prosecutor Michael McAlexander, “
there aren't a lot of surprises in this after this amount of time,
the witnesses have been called at least, most of them five times under oath.”
McAlexander feels there’s no reason to believe that a fourth trial would yield something the other three did not: a conviction that would stick.
In the previous three trials witnesses have talked about finding Allen’s palm print on the back door of the Osco store.
While Allen’s ex-wife has testified that her husband was at home in Indianapolis asleep when the crimes went down.
According to McAlexander, time and time again, jurrors have had mixed reactions: “even on the jury that convicted, there were at least two of the alternates in that jury that would have voted not guilty.”
Allen's lone conviction was overturned by the court of appeals. Today Prosecutor Michael Dvorak announced that that Allen’s third trial--the one that ended in July of this year with a hung jury--would be his last: “we believe that we're stuck with a set of facts that at best will render
another hung jury, that we don't have the evidence with which after three trials to secure a conviction.”
Allen was a former manager at the Osco store who was fired for embezzlement a few months before the murders.
It’s believed Allen is now living in the Atlanta area.