Unspent bullets found among the bodies of two teenage girls murdered in 2017 were “circulating” in a pistol the suspects had at the time of their deaths, an Indiana court has said. Officials ordered his release on Tuesday, according to court documents.
court records Sealed last month on request Named after Richard Matthew Allen, 50, of Delphi, Indiana. Arrested Oct. 28 and charged with two counts of murder in the Murder of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams.
A redacted probable cause affidavit released Tuesday said investigators seized Allen’s .40-caliber pistol during a raid on Oct. 13, and that an examination showed 2 pistols from the body of one of the girls. It is stated that an unused bullet was found within feet. ” Allen’s pistol. (Read the documentation below)
Investigators determined that Allen purchased the gun in 2001, and according to an affidavit, Allen said in an Oct. 26 interview with police that he never allowed anyone to borrow the gun. said.
“When asked about the unused bullets, he had no explanation as to why the bullets had been found between the bodies of Victim 1 and Victim 2. He again said he was walking down the street. but denied knowing Victim 1 or Victim 2 and denied any involvement in their murders,” the affidavit states.
State police have released step-by-step details since the investigation began after the February 2017 killings. Public and media calls for additional information were granted Tuesday by order of Allen County Judge Fran Gal, and a redacted affidavit in Allen’s arrest was made public.
In the ruling, Mr. Gall said it was “not in the public interest to bar access” to the document and said redacting some of the records would protect the safety of witnesses and Mr. Allen’s personal information. rice field.
Several news outlets, including the Associated Press, submitted a brief to the court on Nov. 21, urging Gal to release an affidavit and indictment information documenting evidence that officials linked Allen to the murder. .
The deaths of the teenagers known as Libby and Abby have been ruled murder, but police have not disclosed how they died or what evidence they gathered.
The killing haunted a northwest Indiana city of about 3,000 people, where Allen lived and worked at the local CVS store.
Earlier Tuesday, Allen’s attorneys argued that the small size of Carroll County and the intense public scrutiny surrounding the case made it difficult to form an impartial jury in its current location, arguing the case has filed a petition to remove it from Carroll County.