Allen’s attorneys suggest Abby, Libby were ‘ritualistically sacrificed’ in 2017 Delphi murders
Charged in 2017 killings, Richard Allen already confessed, prosecutor said. Now, defense looks to toss evidence, saying sheriff ignored theory pointing to multiple men who killed girls in ritual
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ALLEN’S ATTORNEYS SUGGEST ABBY, LIBBY WERE ‘RITUALISTICALLY SACRIFICED’ IN 2017 DELPHI MURDERS
Attorneys for Richard Allen, accused and being held in connection with the 2017 murders of Delphi teens Abby Williams and Libby German, argued Monday that prosecutors ignored leads that point to other suspects and another theory in the killings – that the girls were “ritualistically sacrificed” by members of a pagan religion devoted to the Norse god Odin.
In filings Monday, attorneys Andrew Baldwin and Brad Rozzi contend that investigators withheld compelling and gruesome evidence gathered at the murder scene when, in October 2022, they asked a judge for a search warrant of Allen’s home in Delphi ahead of his arrest as the sole suspect days later in an investigation that was more than five years old.
Allen’s attorneys filed a 136-page memorandum to support their request for what’s called a Franks hearing, making accusations that police used false and insufficient information to get the warrant leading to the 50-year-old’s arrest. That follows a defense motion last week to suppress evidence, including a handgun and knives, collected during that search of his home.
Rozzi and Baldwin, in a separate motion filed Monday, reprised their request to move Allen out of Westville Correctional Facility and into a county jail until his trial starts Jan. 8, 2024. They contend they witnessed correctional officers in the state prison wearing patches that read “In Odin We Trust” or had symbols from that religion that the Southern Poverty Law Center reports has a hold in some white supremacist circles. The motion argues Allen is subjected to “threatening, intimidating and mentally abusing” conditions because of it.
The motions follow a hearing in June, where Carroll County Prosecutor Nick McLeland told the court that Allen, a former CVS clerk in Delphi, had offered confessions “five or six times that he killed the girls” since his arrest.