Delphi murder suspect Richard Allen could have an ‘accomplice’ to the double murder, according to prosecutors fighting to keep his arrest affidavit under wraps – as the alleged killer remains behind bars until next year.
Allen, 50, is accused of murdering both Libby German, 14, and her friend Abigail Williams, 13, as they hiked a trail in Delphi, Indiana, in February 2017.
WTHR reported that the prosecutor said in court that there is reason to believe that Allen is not the only one involved in the killings – though no other names were mentioned.
They said: ‘We believe Richard Allen is not the only actor involved in this.’
Ron Logan, who died in 2020, had long been the prime suspect in the killings after the girl’s bodies were found on his property and Kegan Kline was also named as the possible murderer.
Allen was given court-appointed lawyers after sending a handwritten letter to the judge asking for representation last week.
A judge in Indiana put off his bail hearing until next year and will mull over the decision to unseal the arrest affidavit – as the mother of one of his alleged victims begs for it to remain sealed.
His lawyers have since filed a request for Allen to be released without posting bond or by setting a ‘reasonable bail amount’, which will be considered on February 17 at a bail hearing.
Currently the only details that have been released are that Allen’s initial bail was set at $20million following his arrest, though he is reportedly now being held without bond.
Delphi murder suspect Richard Allen remains in custody, as prosecutors say it is possible that he did not act alone in the murders
Allen, 50, arrived at an Indiana court ahead of a 9am hearing after his lawyers issued an application for him to be released on bail. The hearing was postponed until February 17 – with Allen remaining in custody
He was was given court-appointed lawyers after sending a handwritten letter to the court asking for representation last week who submitted an application for his release
Abigail Williams, left, and Liberty German, right, were murdered in February 2017 after going for a walk along the Delphi Historic Trail near the Monon High Bridge. The culprit had remained a mystery for five years and Allen is the first to be arrested for it
Special judge Frances Gull, a criminal division administrative judge in Allen County, could release a redacted version of the arrest affidavit
He has pleaded not guilty to both counts of murder, and prosecutors have sealed his arrest warrant from being accessed by the public. The state has filed a motion requesting a gag order in the case.
Andrew Baldwin, defense attorney for Allen, says that he is the ‘wrong guy’ and the sealed probable cause affidavit is ‘flimsy’ adding: ‘You expect more than what I saw.’
As part of Allen’s petition to be let out on bail, his attorneys say ‘because neither the proof of guilt is evident, nor the presumption of guilt strong, the Accused is seeking a hearing to release the Accused.’
Though prosecutors did not name any potential accomplices, both Logan and Kline have long been linked with the slayings.
Both girl’s bodies, which are thought to have been posed, were discovered on Logan’s property – just 1,400ft from his house – and it was revealed over the summer that his alibi for the day of the murder did not line up.
His home was searched and he was arrested shortly after the killings, but he was released and never charged.
The voice in a clip released by police of a man talking to the girls shortly before their deaths, was described as being ‘not inconsistent’ with that of Logan, the FBI investigation concluded.
Kegan Kline, 28, of Peru, Indiana, was also previously named as a suspect in the murders by Indiana State Police, and was interviewed by cops.
Kegan Kline, 28, (left) was linked to the case last December – he had communicated with Libby via a fake Instagram account the morning she and Abby went missing. The bodies of both girls were found on the property of Ron Logan (right) who died in 2020
Allen is taken into the Carroll County Courthouse flanked by prison officers on Tuesday morning
Allen is pictured here with his wife, Kathy, in an undated picture. They live just miles from the bridge from where the two teens disappeared in 2017
Dozens of reporters and members of the public lined up outside of the court ahead of the hearing
He is said to have admitted to talking to Libby German using a fake Instagram profile called Anthony_shots.
Kline – who is heavy-set and pasty-faced – used an image of a ripped and muscular young man to trick underage girls into speaking to him.
He is said to have arranged to meet with Libby on the Delphi High Bridge the day before she was murdered while walking along it.
But he is also said to have shared his Anthony_shots password with others – including his father – and said his father could be a prime suspect in the killings.
Kline is being held in jail after being arrested on separate child porn charges in 2022.
Carroll County prosecutors requested that the court records be sealed, with Special judge Frances Gull deciding to delay her decision on if it should be handed over to the public during a 30-minute hearing on Tuesday.
A lawyer for Indianapolis media also attended the hearing, but did not make a statement. Fox news 59 confirmed that no one else was named during the court hearing as being linked to the case.
The probable cause affidavit and charging information will remain under seal until Judge Gull makes her decision, as the mother of Libby has begged for it to remain under wraps.
Carrie Timmons, the mother of Libby, has also slammed Indiana State Police for not making an arrest sooner – with the CVS pharmacy technician never being named by them in their initial investigations.
He begged the judge for help to find a public defender and said he was at the ‘mercy of the court’
German was filmed by her friend and fellow victim Abigail Williams in February, 2017, moments before they were murdered
Map showing Peru, Indiana and Delphi, Indiana in the Delphi murder case as Indiana police link pedophile Kline who was jailed TEN DAYS after girls vanished in 2017 on separate child porn charges to a catfish Instagram account that the girls were talking to
Allen is seen with his wife Kathy in an undated photo. He does not appear to have a prior criminal history and was known locally for working in the local CVS
Speaking to the US Sun she said: ‘If they have in fact caught this guy after six years with him living under their noses, then what were they doing all this time?” she asked.
‘That’s all I’m willing to say right now, but this could’ve and probably should’ve happened six years ago.’
Timmons added that she feels the affidavit should remain sealed, saying: ‘What’s waiting a little longer going to do?
A composite sketch was released in 2017 showing a possible suspect in the case
‘I don’t want anything to happen that would jeopardize the case in any way, so if the affidavit being sealed manages to seal the deal and get a conviction, then leave it sealed.’
Officers with Indiana State Police are insisting that the case is still active, which leaves the door open for others to be charged.
Authorities never publicly linked him to the case before, with the culprit behind the murders remaining a mystery for five years, as cops remained tight-lipped about how the girls were killed.
Judge Benjamin Diener previously gave permission for some details to be released about the case, before recusing himself from the case, again for reasons that are unclear and have not been made public.
A docket of the crimes has indicated that Allen has been charged under a specific subsection of Indiana’s statute, which involves at least one underlying offense – though it is unclear what they are.
Allen has been moved to state custody for his own safety, with a court order ruling that he was in ‘imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death, or represents a substantial threat to the safety of others.’
Police reports seen by Fox59, revealed that officers were sent to Allen’s home on 18 June 2015 at around 3.30am to reports of a ‘domestic’ incident.
Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said Allen, a dad-of-one and a CVS technician, was allegedly drunk, and his wife took him to a hospital for a medical evaluation.
Authorities confirmed that their role was to ‘keep the peace’ during the incident and no arrests or charges were filed.
A photo shows Richard Allen, 50, smiling with his wife – while over his shoulder, a police sketch strongly resembling him is posted on the wall inside Bob Matlock’s bar
The family members of Libby German and Abigail Williams listened intently during the news conference
Indiana cops released Snapchat footage documented by the girls of a man following them closely on a bridge shortly before their deaths – who was dubbed ‘Bridge Guy’.
Libby and Abigail went for a walk together along the Delphi Historic Trail near the Monon High Bridge on February 13 but were reported missing when they failed to show up to meet their parents.
Their bodies were found close to the bridge the day after they vanished, with several suspects being linked to the case over the years, but no arrests were made until last week.
It is unclear if Allen is the man in the footage or the voice which uttered the phrase ‘down the hill’ recorded by Libby’s cell phone shortly before the crime.
The bridge where the girls were last seen is located just a few miles from Allen’s home — which is also just a half-mile from the middle school the two teens attended.
Libby had shared a ‘snap’ on Snapchat of herself walking along the railroad tracks on the day of her murder, with the social media updates causing a sensation that made the case one of the United States’ most notorious unsolved murders.
Allen was photographed sitting close to this sketch. It is one of several released following the February 2017 murders
Carroll County Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland said Allen’s arrest is a ‘step in the right direction’
After news of Allen’s arrest broke, a disturbing photo emerged showing his own daughter posing in the same spot where the teenage victims were last seen alive.
Brittany Zapanta, 28, is pictured posing on the Monon High Bridge.
The photo was posted to Facebook by Allen’s wife Kathy, 50, in 2018 —just over a year after the girls disappeared in February 2017.
It’s unclear when the photo was taken and also no indication as to who took the snap on the Monon High Bridge Trail.
The arrest of Allen could be the end of a years-long investigation during which numerous possible leads have led nowhere, and police have remained tight-lipped about the details of the case.
Exactly how the girls died remains unknown to the public, and the state their bodies were discovered also remains shrouded in mystery.
Indiana State Police announced that Allen had been charged in the murders of the two girls
An unidentified man — now believed to be Allen — was filmed approaching Libby and Abby before their deaths
Over the summer, the details of a search warrant revealed that Libby and Abigail were found covered in blood and that their killer appeared to have taken a souvenir of some sort from the murder site.
The warrant offered no further detail on what the souvenir was – although it did say that ‘the rest of [the girls’] clothing was recovered,’ implying that the killer had taken something they’d been wearing.
The murderer also reportedly ‘staged’ the girls’ bodies in a particular way after killing them – although it remains unclear exactly how he did this.
Investigators believed photographs or videos were likely shot of the grotesque set-up to ‘memorialize’ the crime scene.
The Indiana State Police Department’s tip line can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 765- 822-3535.