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Richard Allen: Delphi murder suspect begs for public defender in letter written from jail cell

Richard Allen claimed his wife had to abandon their house and her job 'for her own safety'
Delphi murder suspect Richard Allen has requested a defense attorney in a letter sent from jail after (Merc Docs/Youtube screengrab)
Delphi murder suspect Richard Allen has requested a defense attorney in a letter sent from jail after (Merc Docs/Youtube screengrab)

DELPHI, INDIANA: In a frantic letter from his prison cell, the Delphi murder suspect who is suspected of killing two youngsters in 2017, pleaded for the assistance of a public counsel. The 50-year-old Richard Allen requested a defense attorney on November 9 since he was unaware of the expense of retaining a legal team on his own.

Allen was jailed last month for the killings of Libby German, 14 at the time, and Abigail William, 13 at the time. When the two girls went for a trek on the Delphi Historic Trail close to the Monon High Bridge in Indiana on February 13, 2017, they were fatally injured. The perpetrator of the killings has not been identified by the officials. It is yet unknown what prompted the police to arrest Allen as the state police do not intend to provide any information in the court order as reported by Daily Mail.


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Libby German, 14, and Abby Williams, 13 were murdered in 2017 (FBI)
Libby German, 14, and Abby Williams, 13 were murdered in 2017 in Delphi, Indiana (Photo credit FBI/website)

In the letter obtained by Fox 59, Allen wrote: “In the cause listed above, I, Richard M. Allen, hereby throw myself at the mercy of the court. I am begging to be provided with legal assistance in a Public Defender or whatever help is available. At my initial hearing on Oct. 28, 2022, I asked to find representation for myself. However, at the time I had no clue how expensive it would be just to talk to someone. I also did not realize what my wife and I’s immediate financial situation was going to be. We have both been forced to immediately abandon employment, myself due to incarceration and my wife for her personal safety.  She has had to abandon our house for her own safety. What little reserve there is will fail to even maintain the original residence. Again I throw myself at the mercy of the court. Please provide me whatever assistance you may. Thank you for your time in this most urgent matter.”

The alleged murderer was initially lodged in the county jail but was soon transferred to a state facility out of concern for his safety. Since Allen's arrest, it has also come to light that his residence was only a couple of kilometers from the Delphi train bridge, the location of Williams and German's last known whereabouts. The public still doesn't know how the girls died and there's still some mystery about how and where their bodies were found Libby and Abigail were discovered drenched in blood and their killer looked to have taken a part of their bodies as a souvenir, according to information from a search warrant that surfaced over the summer.

The girls' bodies were also "staged" in a certain way after they were killed, however, it is still unknown exactly how they were left. The girls' cause of death and the state of their corpses when they were discovered are also important aspects of the inquiry that Delphi Police have consistently kept under wraps. In February, Indiana State Police stated that they had enough evidence to make an arrest but that they knew who killed the girls. Whether they were referring to Allen or not isn't clear.