Delphi murders suspect Richard Allen was involved in ‘domestic issue’ 2 years before brutal killing of teens

Neighbors and people who knew Richard, who is due back in court on January 13, 2023, for a pre-trial hearing, said they never would have suspected him

Delphi murders suspect Richard Allen was involved in ‘domestic issue’ 2 years before brutal killing of teens
Richard Allen (L) is charged with the 2017 Delphi murders of Abigail Williams (Top R) and Liberty German (Bottom R) (Indiana State Police and FBI)
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DELPHI, INDIANA: The 50-year-old man, Richard Matthew Allen, charged with the 2017 Delphi murders of Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, was involved in a domestic issue just two years before the brutal killings of the two teens. Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby told that law enforcement was there to “keep the peace” and no action was taken, with no arrests made and no charges filed.

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According to records obtained by Fox59, deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office were called to the home of the suspect, who shared the space with his wife Kathy, on June 18, 2015, at around 3.30 am. When the officers arrived, they found Richard drunk. He was then taken to a hospital by his wife for an evaluation. However, the details of who called 911 or what was the nature of the domestic incident are not known, along with the information on the treatment he was given at the hospital.

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Details of Delphi murders

On February 13, 2017, two young girls were killed while visiting the Monon High Bridge in Delphi. The bodies of the girls were found near a hiking trail the next day, reported Metro. Police gathered information by analyzing photos, videos, and audio recordings found on Libby German’s phone. Officials arrested Richard on Friday, October 28, as previously reported, and was formally charged with two counts of murder and taken to the White County Jail, where he is currently being held without bond.

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'He’s a heck of a nice guy'

Neighbors and people who knew Richard, who is due back in court on January 13, 2023, for a pre-trial hearing, said they never would have suspected him. David Yoder, who lived across the street from Richard's house, said, as quoted by Fox59, "People change over the years and I haven’t seen Ricky for a long time. He was an all-around good, normal everyday family man. There’s nothing out of the ordinary about him.” He further added, "I would’ve never thought living across the road from him that there was anything. That’s where I would’ve sent my kids if there had been any trouble. It’s just hard to believe because he’s a heck of a nice guy always has been. If he did do it, he deserves to fry.” 

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According to neighbors, non-uniform officers conducted an all-day search of the suspect’s house 10 days before his arrest, reports NY Post. A neighbor said, "They were definitely snooping around a lot at the fire pit and at the backyard." The neighbor further described that there were "lots of flashlights, lots of pictures, lots of sifting.” Another neighbor, who tagged Richard as a thorough pharmacy technician, said, "I swear to you he seemed like a great person. He and his wife are very nice.”

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Commenting on the investigation, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter on October 31 said, "While I know you are all expecting final details today concerning this arrest — today is not that day. This investigation is far from complete, and we will not jeopardize its integrity by releasing or discussing documents or information before the appropriate time. We're gonna keep doing what we've been doing until it is done," as stated by The Sun.

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