Delphi murder suspect’s new attorneys raise old concerns about prison conditions
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New court-appointed attorneys for Richard Allen, the Delphi man accused in the 2017 murders of teens Libby German and Abby Williams, raised familiar arguments Friday, filing a motion to move the former CVS clerk from an Indiana prison to a county jail.
In Friday’s motion filed with Carroll Circuit Court, attorney Robert Scremin said that Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in southern Indiana, wasn’t equipped to allow for effective attorney-client trial preparations.
Scremin argued that since being appointed to the case in October Allen – who was moved from the Westville Correctional Facility to Wabash Valley in December – “is not being treated similar to other pre-trial detainees being held in county jails.”
Allen has been in Indiana prisons since November 2022, shortly after his arrest, on a safekeeping order by the court. Local officials contended that the Carroll County Jail wasn’t equipped to safely handle Allen due to the high-profile nature of a case that has made national headlines.
Among Scremin’s arguments: