Judge orders release of redacted court documents related to Delphi murders

Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 2:34 PM EST
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DELPHI, Ind. (WNDU) - A bullet that was never fired allegedly led police to the doorstep of the man accused of the Delphi double murder.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered the release of a redacted version of a document detailing the reasons for charging Richard Allen in the murders of Abby Williams and Libby German.

The court ruled that the safety of witnesses could be ensured by redacting their names from the documents. Meanwhile, Allen’s personal information was removed as well.

The probable cause affidavit had remained secret to the public for weeks after Allen’s arrest on the order of Carroll County judge Judge Benjamin Diener. Diener later recused himself, and a special judge, Frances Gull out of Allen County, was appointed to the case.

Gull made the decision to publicly release redacted court documents Tuesday after hearing public arguments on the motion on Nov. 22. Gull chose to take the motion under advisement, with a ruling to be released later.

According to the documents, investigators believe they can tie a gun that Allen owns to the crime scene. A search warrant was served at Allen’s home on Oct. 13. Several guns and knives were found there, but investigators zeroed in on a 40-caliber SIG Sauer P226.

The gun was tested at the Indiana State Police Laboratory between Oct. 14 and Oct. 19. Experts concluded that an unspent round located at the crime scene within two feet of the body of one of victims had been cycled through Allen’s gun.

Court documents include a quote from the laboratory report:

Allen purchased the gun in 2001 – long before the murders in 2017. Court documents indicate Allen told investigators that he never let anyone use or borrow the gun.

Court documents also indicate that clothes belonging to both victims were found in Deer Creek, just south of where the bodies were located, and that investigators used witness statements and surveillance video to try to place Allen and his car at the park at the time the crimes were committed – even suggesting his car was parked in a way that hid the rear license plate.

Allen allegedly admitted to police he was on the hiking trails that day, but he denied any involvement in the murders.

Allen’s trial is scheduled to start March 20 at 9 a.m., but our sister station WTHR in Indianapolis says that date is expected to be moved back to provide both the prosecutor and defense more time to prepare for a trial.

On Monday, Allen’s attorneys filed a motion for a change of venue for the trial, citing “the extensive media attention” making it difficult to find a jury that has not heard of the case.

You can read the redacted documents in their entirety below:

Delphi Court Docs 1
Delphi Court Docs 1(Allen Superior Court)
Delphi Court Docs 2
Delphi Court Docs 2(Allen Superior Court)
Delphi Court Docs 3
Delphi Court Docs 3(Allen Superior Court)
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Delphi Court Docs 4(Allen Superior Court)
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Delphi Court Docs 5(Allen Superior Court)
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Delphi Court Docs 6(Allen Superior Court)
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Delphi Court Docs 7(Allen Superior Court)
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Delphi Court Docs 8(Allen Superior Court)
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Delphi Court Docs 9(Allen Superior Court)
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Delphi Court Docs 10(Allen Superior Court)
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Delphi Court Docs 11(Allen Superior Court)
Delphi Court Docs 12
Delphi Court Docs 12(Allen Superior Court)
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Delphi Court Docs 13(Allen Superior Court)
Delphi Court Docs 14
Delphi Court Docs 14(Allen Superior Court)

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