Richard Allen confessed to Delphi murders 5 times: State

Liberty “Libby” German, Richard Allen, and Abigail “Abby” Williams.

The judge overseeing the high-profile Delphi murders case in Indiana on Wednesday unsealed a cache of previously unseen court filings revealing hundreds of pages containing new details about the allegations being levied against accused murderer Richard Allen.

The documents, which come from both prosecutors and defense attorneys, were originally sealed in compliance with a December 2022 gag order prohibiting public comment on the facts of the case. Special Judge Fran C. Gull on Wednesday signed an order which unsealed the vast majority — 118 of 137 — of those documents after speaking with both sides on the matter. The request to unseal the documents was initially filed by attorney and podcast host Kevin Greenlee.

“Counsel agree with the Court that the public interest is best served by transparency, but that certain pleadings should remain sealed,” Judge Gull wrote in an order issued Wednesday. Nineteen documents remain under the seal order.

While some pivotal documents, such as the unsealed probable cause affidavit and witness lists, remain under seal, the newly released trove of documents provided court-followers with a first-look at details regarding Allen’s alleged jailhouse confession as well as the victims’ cause of death.

Allen is facing two counts of murder in the twin 2017 slayings of Abigail “Abby” Williams, 13, and her friend Liberty “Libby” German, 14, whose bodies were discovered in a wooded area just off of the Delphi Historic Trails system.

Abby and Libby vanished while walking the Monon High Bridge Trail near Delphi, Indiana, on Feb. 13, 2017. The trail traverses an abandoned stretch of what was once the Monon Railroad and crosses an old trestle over a small river or creek. The girls were found dead the next day in an area near the trestle and their deaths were determined to be homicides.

The most shocking of Wednesday revelations is prosecutors’ claim in an April 20 filing that Allen “admitted that he committed the offenses that he is charged with no less than five times while talking to his wife and his mother on the public jail phones available at the Indiana Department of Corrections.”

Richard Allen confessed to Delphi murders 5 times: State

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