Indiana prosecutors have revealed that the suspect in the Delphi murders, Richard Allen, may not have been the only suspect in the murders.
The announcement was made during a Tuesday hearing in Carroll County on Tuesday in which Mr Allen was released on bail.
reports that Nicholas McLeland argued that the related affidavits should be kept sealed because Mr Allen may not have been the only suspect. He also argued that unsealing the affidavits would expose witnesses to harassment. The names of the witnesses are redacted in the sealed version.
Becky Patty, the grandmother of Libby German, one of the girls who was murdered, was named in the prosecutor’s case. She reportedly wanted sensitive information involved in the investigation not to be made public.
Mr McLeland also pointed to a Change.org petition asking that the documents remain sealed.
He eventually filed a gag order that would prohibit “parties, attorneys, law enforcement officials, court personnel, the coroner and family members” from disclosing any information or “out-of-court statements” to the court. audience.
Mr Allen’s lawyers argued in favor of his bail application, saying there was not enough evidence to say there was a strong ‘presumption’ of guilt. They asked that their client be released “on his own initiative or in the alternative to set a reasonable bond”.
The bail hearing is set for February 17.
Mr Allen has been charged with two counts of murder in the alleged murders of Libby German and Abigail Williams. He was arrested on October 26 for the 2017 murders of teenage girls.
On February 14, 2017, the girls’ bodies were found near the Monon High Bridge Trail, which is part of the Delphi Historic Trails in Delphia, Indiana. The girls had disappeared from the trails the day before their bodies were found.
The case gained national attention when law enforcement claimed in February 2017 that a suspect’s voice could be heard in a recording Libby made on her phone. The voice can be heard saying the phrase “down the hill”. Police also claimed there was other evidence contained in the phone, but said at the time they would not release it in order to protect the investigation.
Two years later, police released video of a suspect walking across a nearby bridge, which they used to develop sketches of a possible culprit.
At least two other people have been identified as persons of interest in the murders, and it’s unclear who prosecutors might consider a new suspect in the murders.
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