Accused Delphi Killer Appears in Court, Judge Says No Change of Venue as Onlookers Scream ‘Child killer!’

Allen Superior Court Judge Frances C. Gull says the murder trial for accused Delphi killer, Richard Allen, will remain in Carroll County.

On Friday morning, Allen appeared in shackles at the Carroll County courthouse, where Gull ruled that his murder trial would not be changed to another venue, citing the “extraordinary” costs of moving it to another county.

The decision to move the trial was previously on the table due to the high interest in the case, according to Fox 59.

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 for 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.

Although Allen’s trial is scheduled for March 23, Gull said “extraordinary, voluminous evidence” that the defense still needs could cause delays. Gull added that she couldn’t see how Carroll County jurors wouldn’t be involved, and it would be “difficult if not impossible” to find jurors who haven’t heard about the high-profile case.

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

WATCH HERE: VIDEO of the suspect

LISTEN HERE:  AUDIO of the suspect

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[Featured image: Richard Allen/Police Handout; Libby & Abby/Handout]