Indianapolis, Indiana – The Indiana Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the case related to the Delphi murders, where Richard Allen has been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of Abby Williams and Libby German in February 2017.
Allen is seeking the reinstatement of his original defense team, after being removed by Special Judge Fran Gull due to a crime scene evidence leak that was spread on social media. The leak was attributed to a former coworker of one of the attorneys who took photos of crime scene images left in a conference room.
The attorneys had initially planned to resign from the case due to the leak, but the judge essentially gave them an ultimatum to step away or face dismissal in open court. Gull later referred to the attorneys as “grossly negligent” and stated that removing them from the case would benefit Allen.
In addition to seeking the reinstatement of his original defense team, Allen has also requested the removal of Judge Gull from the proceedings and asked for a speedy trial. The upcoming hearing at the Indiana Statehouse is expected to be livestreamed and is set to last about an hour, with attorneys for Allen and the state presenting their cases.
The legal maneuvering of this case has been ongoing, with Allen’s trial being delayed until October 2024 after the removal of his original defense team. His new attorneys have also filed a motion asking for him to be relocated for what they claim is unfair treatment compared to other prisoners, impacting their ability to represent him.
As the case continues to evolve, this latest hearing at the Indiana Supreme Court will play a crucial role in determining the course of the legal proceedings surrounding the Delphi murders.