Delphi murders suspect Richard Allen had his initial bail set at $20million after he was arrested for the 2017 slayings of two teenage girls.
Allen, 50, was arrested last week in a shock development by authorities who had never publicly linked him to the case before.
The culprit behind the murders remained a mystery for five years, as cops remained tight-lipped about how the girls were killed.
Authorities are continuing to keep details of the murders under lock and key, with prosecutor Nicholas McLeland has sealing the charging documents of Allen.
Judge Benjamin Diener today gave permission for some details to be released about the case, with a hearing set for November 22 to determine if the documents will remain under seal.
A docket of the crimes has indicated that Allen has been charged under a specific subsection of Indiana’s statute which involves at least one underlying offense – though it is unclear what they are.
Richard Allen, 50, has been charged with the slayings of Libby, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, in Delphi, Indiana in 2017
Abigail Williams, left, and Liberty German, right, were murdered in February 2017 after going for a walk along the Delphi Historic Trail near the Monon High Bridge
However under Indiana law they could be killing another person while committing or attempting to commit: arson, burglary, child molesting, consumer product tampering, criminal deviate conduct, kidnapping, rape, robbery, human trafficking, promotion of human labor trafficking, promotion of human sexual trafficking, promotion of child sexual trafficking, promotion of sexual trafficking of a younger child, child sexual trafficking, or carjacking.
Indiana law requires the probable cause affidavit to be publicly released once a suspect is arrested, but McLeland asked for them to be sealed under Rule 6 of Indiana Rules to Access Court Records.
It states that in ‘extraordinary circumstances’ the document can be excluded from the public access by a court – though it is unclear exactly why McLeland made this request.
The document would reveal in more detail why officers linked Allen to the heinous crime, with several media outlets lodging appeals against the sealing.
Currently the only details that have been released are that Allen’s initial bail was set at $20million following his arrest, though he is reportedly now being held without bond.
A case summary showing the previous and upcoming court dates are now available, as is a case number to allow members of the public to follow new details and events in the case.
Judge Diener also claimed that his court staff has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the ‘storm’ of requests relating to the public records.
A photo shows Richard Allen, 50, smiling with his wife – while over his shoulder, a police sketch strongly resembling him is posted on the wall inside Bob Matlock’s bar
Libby German was filmed by her friend and fellow victim Abigail Williams in February, 2017, moments before they were murdered
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has requested that Allen be moved from the county jail to a state prison for ‘safekeeping’ and he will be transferred to the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Police reports seen by Fox 59, revealed that officers were sent to Allen’s home on 18 June 2015 at around 3.30am to reports of a ‘domestic’ incident.
A composite sketch was released in 2017 showing a possible suspect in the case
Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said Allen, a dad-of-one and a CVS technician, was allegedly drunk, and his wife took him to a hospital for a medical evaluation.
Authorities confirmed that their role was to ‘keep the peace’ during the incident and no arrests or charges were filed.
Indiana cops released Snapchat footage documented by the girls of a man following them closely on a bridge shortly before their deaths – who was dubbed ‘Bridge Guy’.
Libby and Abigail went for a walk together along the Delphi Historic Trail near the Monon High Bridge on February 13 but were reported missing when they failed to show up to meet their parents.
Their bodies were found close to the bridge the day after they vanished, with several suspects being linked to the case over the years, but no arrests were made until last week.
It is unclear if Allen is the man in the footage or the voice which uttered the phrase ‘down the hill’ recorded by Libby’s cell phone shortly before the crime.
Allen is pictured here with his wife, Kathy, in an undated picture. They live just miles from the bridge from where the two teens disappeared in 2017
Carroll County Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland said Allen’s arrest is a ‘step in the right direction’
The bridge where the girls were last seen is located just a few miles from Allen’s home — which is also just a half-mile from the middle school the two teens attended.
Libby had shared a ‘snap’ on Snapchat of herself walking along the railroad tracks on the day of her murder, with the social media updates causing a sensation that made the case one of the United States’ most notorious unsolved murders.
After news of Allen’s arrest broke, a disturbing photo emerged showing his own daughter posing in the same spot where the teenage victims were last seen alive.
Brittany Zapanta, 28, is pictured posing on the Monon High Bridge.
The photo was posted to Facebook by Allen’s wife Kathy, 50, in 2018 —just over a year after the girls disappeared in February 2017.
It’s unclear when the photo was taken and also no indication as to who took the snap on the Monon High Bridge Trail.
The arrest of Allen could be the end of a years-long investigation during which numerous possible leads have led nowhere, and police have remained tight-lipped about the details of the case.
An unidentified man — now believed to be Allen — was filmed approaching Libby and Abby before their deaths
Indiana State Police announced on Monday that Allen had been charged in the murders of the two girls
The family members of Libby German and Abigail Williams listened intently during the news conference
Exactly how the girls died remains unknown to the public, and the state their bodies were discovered also remains shrouded in mystery.
Over the summer, the details of a search warrant revealed that Libby and Abigail were found covered in blood and that their killer appeared to have taken a souvenir of some sort from the murder site.
The warrant offered no further detail on what the souvenir was – although it did say that ‘the rest of [the girls’] clothing was recovered,’ implying that the killer had taken something they’d been wearing.
The murderer also reportedly ‘staged’ the girls’ bodies in a particular way after killing them – although it remains unclear exactly how he did this.
Investigators believed photographs or videos were likely shot of the grotesque set-up to ‘memorialize’ the crime scene.
Over the years numerous people have been put forth as possible suspects in the case.
Ron Logan, who died in 2020, had long been the prime suspect.
Allen was photographed sitting close to this sketch. It is one of several released following the February 2017 murders
Allen is seen with his wife Kathy in an undated photo. He does not appear to have a prior criminal history and was known locally for working in the local CVS
The photo of Allen’s daughter, 28-year-old Brittany, was posted to Facebook by his wife Kathy, 50, in 2018 – just over a year after the girls disappeared in February, 2017
The girls’ bodies were discovered on his property – just 1,400ft from his house – and it was revealed over the summer that his alibi for the day of the murder did not line up.
His home was searched and he was arrested shortly after the killings, but he was released and never charged.
The voice in the clip was described as being ‘not inconsistent’ with that of Logan, the FBI investigation concluded.
Another man, Kegan Kline, 27, of Peru, Indiana, was also previously named as a suspect in the murders.
He is said to have admitted to talking to Libby German using a fake Instagram profile called Anthony_shots.
Kline – who is heavy-set and pasty-faced – used an image of a ripped and muscular young man to trick underage girls into speaking to him.
He is said to have arranged to meet with Libby on the Delphi High Bridge the day before she was murdered while walking along it.
But he is also said to have shared his Anthony_shots password with others – including his father – and said his father could be a prime suspect in the killings.
Kline is being held in jail after being arrested on separate child porn charges in 2020
The Indiana State Police Department’s tip line can be reached by email at abb[email protected] or by phone at 765- 822-3535.