Delphi Murders: Accused Killer Richard Allen’s Attorneys Want the Public to Pay for Legal Defense Expenses

Delphi murders suspect Richard Allen’s lawyers have requested public funds to help defend him while covering costs for court expenses and experts.

According to court documents filed in Carroll County, Indiana, on Thursday, court-appointed lawyers Andrew Baldwin and Brad Rozzi claimed Allen would need help paying for all of the expenses associated with the case.

“Defendant is without funds and cannot afford the costs of representation including expert fees and expenses, including transcripts and investigators, necessary to assure him an adequate defense and a fair trial in this matter,” the lawyers wrote.

As CrimeOnline reported, the Delphi Double Homicide Task Force took Allen into custody on October 28. He’s been charged with two counts of murder concerning the deaths of Abigail Williams, 13, and Libby German, 14.

The victims were found murdered near the Monon High Bridge in Delphi on February 14, 2017, after taking an outing to the bridge the day prior. The outing was only meant for a few hours, and when the girls failed to return, family members contacted police.

Fox 59 reports that Allen’s lawyers are also requesting a private hearing to be held before Judge Frances Gull. According to the lawyers, the defense will need to explain to the court their defense strategy and how the funds will be used, which could jeopardize the case if the hearing is public.

The amount of public funds requested is unclear. The next court hearing is scheduled for January 13.

Detectives continue to ask anyone who may have additional information about the case to email or call 765-822-3535.

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[Featured image: Richard Allen (Left), Police Sketches of Suspect (Top Right), Snapchat Photo of Suspect (Top Right), Liberty German and Abigail Williams (Bottom Right)]