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Judge Approves Move for Accused Delphi Killer

A judge ruled Friday that the man accused in the Delphi murders of two teen girls can be moved out of a maximum security prison in northern Indiana.

Judge Fran Gull’s order authorizes the Department of Corrections to move Richard Allen to “accommodate his medical and physical needs pursuant to medical directives by the Department of Correction physicians, psychiatrists, or psychologists,” WXIN said.

Allen’s attorneys said in a court filing earlier this month that their client is being held in conditions “akin to those of a prisoner of war” and that he appears to be “suffering from various psychotic symptoms which counsel would describe as schizophrenic and delusional,” as CrimeOnline previously reported.

His condition, the lawyers wrote, “is deteriorating rapidly.”

Allen was arrested in October and charged with the February 2017 murders of Abby Williams and Libby German. Their bodies were found near the Monon High Bridge in Delphi. The girls were both 14.

Allen has been held in state custody at Indiana’s Westville Correctional Facility since November 2022. He is one of 22 pretrial inmates being held at a state facility instead of a county lock-up.

His attorneys said that they had found a spot for him at the Cass County Jail and that prosecutors had agreed to the move, but the sheriff’s department in Carroll County, where the charges were filed, denied the request.

It’s not clear when a move will take place or where Allen will go.

Allen has a bail hearing scheduled for June 15. He has pleaded not guilty.

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[Featured image: Richard Allen/Carroll Circuit Court]