Accused child killer Richard Allen’s probable cause information could possibly be unsealed, depending upon the judge’s decision in an upcoming hearing this month.
As CrimeOnline previously, Indiana law enforcement announced Monday the arrest of Allen 50, who has been charged with two counts of murder in connection with the 2017 death of Abby Williams, 14, and Libby German, 13.
Police found the girls’ bodies on February 14, 2017, near the abandoned Monon High Bridge in Delphi, after they took an afternoon hike the previous day.
During a press conference Monday, police said the probable cause and other evidence in the case is currently sealed.
According to information obtained by News 8, however, a hearing has now been scheduled for November 22 to determine whether probable cause in connection to Allen’s case will be unsealed. Carroll County Circuit Judge Benjamin Diener is expected to preside over the hearing.
At this time, it’s unclear what information led to Allen’s arrest.
Abby and Libby’s Death
Abby and Libby took a hiking trip at the abandoned Monon High Bridge in Delphi on February 13, 2017, in an outing that was meant to be for a few hours. The girls took photos while strolling across the bridge, but as time passed and their family didn’t hear from them, police were called for assistance.
Police found the girls’ lifeless bodies a short distance from the bridge the following day, near a trail close to the bridge. They had both been murdered.
The incident was nicknamed the “Snapchat Murders” after one of the girls took a photo of the other at around 2:17 p.m. and put it on social media. Detectives said that after the photo was taken, a man approached the girls and apparently told them to “go down the hill.”
One of the girls, likely sensing danger, recorded the man’s voice on her cellphone. She also managed to take a photo and record a small clip of the suspect. Although his face isn’t clear in the picture, it was enough to give authorities a general description. Since then, they’ve been poring through thousands of tips, leading to Allen’s arrest.
“This investigation is still very ongoing. We are keeping the tip line open, not only about Richard Allen but any other person,” Carroll County Prosecutor Nick McLeland said on Monday. “We cannot talk about the evidence in the probable cause or the charging information … today’s about Abby and Libby, focusing on them.”
Meanwhile, detectives continue to ask anyone who may have additional information to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 765-822-3535.
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[Featured image: Richard Allen/ISP; Abby (R) and Libby (l)/Handout]