Update: Supreme Court reinstates Richard Allen’s defense team in Delphi murder case
Hours after a Thursday hearing, Supreme Court issued an order bringing attorneys Andrew Baldwin and Brad Rozzi back as court-appointed attorneys for the man suspected in the murders of Abby and Libby
UPDATE: That didn’t take long. The Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday afternoon reinstated attorneys Brad Rozzi and Andrew Baldwin as court-appointed counsel for Richard Allen, a 51-year-old Delphi man charged in October 2022 in the murders of teens Abby Williams and Libby German.
In the same ruling, the justices declined a request to remove Judge Fran Gull, an Allen County judge assigned to the case in 2022, from Allen’s case.
The rulings came hours after a Thursday morning hearing over Allen’s request to bring back his initial defense team, after they either withdrew or were removed – depending on who you ask – from the case in October 2023.
The justices said that “the court will promptly issue a written opinion explaining its reasons.”
Here’s an account of Thursday’s hearing, sent to Based in Lafayette inboxes earlier this afternoon.
Supreme Court justices question decision to remove attorneys in Delphi murder case
Anxious to get Richard Allen’s trial back on track, justices ask whether a judge was simply exasperated by attorney's tactics or if there really was 'incompetence' worth kicking them off the case
Faced with a demand from Richard Allen, accused in the 2017 murders of Delphi teens Abby Williams and Libby German, to have his initial court-appointed attorneys reinstated for his defense, Indiana Supreme Court justices said during arguments Thursday that they wanted to get the trial back on track.