INDIANAPOLIS – Documents relating to the arrest of a man in 2017 killings of two teenage girls they were opened by an Indiana judge on Tuesday, allowing for the first public disclosure of evidence authorities have against the suspect since he was arrested last month.
The court records were sealed last month at the request of the local prosecutor, after Richard Matthew Allen, 50, of Delphi, Indiana, was arrested On October 28 and charged with two counts of murder in the murders of Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13.
State police have revealed incremental details since the investigation began after the February 2017 murders. Calls from the public and media for more information were granted Tuesday by order from Allen County Judge Fran Gull, who released a redacted version of the affidavit on the probable cause of Allen’s arrest.
Several news organizations, including the Associated Press, filed a brief with the court Nov. 21 urging Gull to disclose probable cause affidavits and prosecution information that would document evidence authorities have linking Allen to the murders.
The deaths of the teenagers, known as Libby and Abby, were ruled homicides, but police have never revealed how they died or described what evidence they collected.
The killings haunted the northwestern Indiana town of about 3,000, where Allen lived and worked at a local CVS store.
On Tuesday, Allen’s attorneys filed a motion to have the case moved out of Carroll County, arguing it will be difficult to form an impartial jury in the current venue due to the county’s small size and intense public scrutiny surrounding the case. .