Prosecutors at a Tuesday hearing to decide whether to keep the records sealed or make them public in the case against Richard Allen, who was charged with murdering two girls in Delphi, Indiana, in 2017. insisted on continued confidentiality, and defense attorneys requested documents. To be released.
Judge Francis Gall said he would ultimately take the matter under his advice and issue a written ruling at an unspecified date at a later date.
Allen, 50, was arrested in late October and charged with two counts of murder in the murders of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams. The girls were reported missing after she went hiking in February 2017. It was a crime that shocked the small town and terrorized the community for over five years.
Allen has pleaded not guilty, and details of why police tracked him down remain sealed. His attorney argued in court that he wanted the affidavit of probable cause released.
“Our client is the wrong person,” Allen’s attorney Andrew Baldwin said. there is.”
However, prosecutors insisted that the details of the case should be kept confidential.
“This is still a very ongoing investigation,” said Carroll County Prosecutor Nick McClelland, adding that he had “good reason” to believe Allen wasn’t the only actor involved in the case. .
Defense attorneys argued that the affidavit did not reflect that and said they wanted to clarify the reasons for Allen’s arrest.
Allen’s attorney, Bradley Lozzi, said: “I have an innocent client and he wants the public to see it.
The victim’s family said they have a petition with more than 41,000 signatures in support of keeping the case closed. But media lawyers seeking the release of the documents said neither side would benefit if the strengths or weaknesses of the government’s case against Allen remained secret.
“If the public doesn’t understand that, there is no justification,” said attorney Margaret Christensen.
A hearing scheduled for January was canceled on Tuesday, and Allen is next scheduled to appear in court again for a bail hearing on February 17.