Suspect arrested and charged in connection with Delphi’s 2017 murder of 2 Indiana teens – NBC Chicago

A suspect has been arrested and charged in the murders of two Indiana teenagers who were killed on a hiking trail near Delphi, Indiana more than five years ago, police said Monday.

Richard Allen, 50, was arrested Wednesday for the murders of Abby Williams and Libby German and is being held without bond, the Indiana State Police Superintendent said. said Doug Carter during a press conference. Allen was charged Friday with two counts of murder, Carter said.

At an initial hearing, Allen pleaded not guilty, Carroll County District Attorney Nick McLeland said. A trial date has been set for January 13, 2023 and a trial date for March 20.

“Today is not a day to celebrate,” Carter said, calling Allen’s arrest a “major milestone” but noting that the complex investigation is far from over.

“While I know you are awaiting all the final details today regarding this arrest, today is not that day. Today is not that day,” he said. . “This investigation is far from over. And we will not compromise its integrity by releasing or discussing any documents or information before the appropriate time.”

On Feb. 13, 2017, 14-year-old German and 13-year-old Williams went missing while hiking along a trail near their hometown of Delphi, about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis. Their bodies were found the following day in a wooded area, shocking the small community and prompting an aggressive search for the person responsible.

A day after their bodies were found, police released footage from Libby’s phone showing a suspect in the case crossing a bridge and heading towards the teenagers. About a week later, according to WTHR, authorities released an audio clip from Libby’s phone in which a man can be heard saying, “Down the hill.”

The mother of one of two young girls found murdered on a hiking trail in Delphi, Indiana, is speaking out, more than two years after her daughter’s death.

In the months and years that followed, sketches of a potential suspect were released, and the rewards for obtaining information about the case grew steadily.

McLeland said probable cause and prosecution information related to the case has been sealed by the court and noted that a public hearing will be held to determine whether it remains sealed.

“I’ve been very clear with everyone who heard the court order, we can’t talk about the evidence,” he said. “It’s in probable cause or evidence, it’s in charging information that will become apparent to you at some point and it will be released, but it’s not that day.”

McLeland acknowledged it was unusual to seal these items and said he understands the frustration of the family and the public, who want to know more.

“We did that in this case because the investigation is still open,” he said, later adding, “It’s about protecting the integrity of this case. I want to have the opportunity at some point to have the opportunity in court to explain the evidence. and so that it doesn’t get tarnished or stained or anything like that. Again, he is presumed innocent and so it was important for me in this case to do so.

As news of a possible arrest circulated on social media last week, German’s sister tweeted on Friday that “today is the day.”

“Just know how grateful I am to you. No comments at this time, any questions please contact the Carroll County District Attorney’s Office. There is tentatively a press conference Monday at 10 a.m. We will discuss that. not anymore,” she wrote.

Supt. Carter asked the public to continue sending in information about the murders.

“I truly believe that Abby and Libby would be proud of you for standing up to even the face of immense pressure and perpetual criticism,” Carter said, noting, “remember, we’re not done.”



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