DELPHI murders suspect Richard Allen has made a bold plea after his arrest in the horrific deaths of Libby German and Abby Williams.
Richard Allen’s lawyers have asked the court for funding to hire experts to help strengthen their case in a case, saying their client lacks the money to properly defend himself.
His team is also trying to keep their defense strategy secret from prosecutors and have requested that the judge order court staff and court reporters to keep information disclosed during the hearings confidential.
It comes as a judge has already issued a gag order that prohibits all parties involved in the case from speaking about it publicly, WTHR reports.
Allen, a 50-year-old father, was arrested in late October in an explosive update to the investigation into the 2017 Delphi murders.
Haunting information has surfaced about the sole suspect identified in the murder, including the fact that he has been right next to the crime all these years.
Libby, 14, and Abby, 13, were found dead in a forest in Delphi, Indiana on Valentine’s Day 2017, sparking a years-long investigation that has nearly left the small community hopeless .
However, the suspect was right under their noses as it was revealed that Allen worked as a pharmacy technician at a local CVS and had remained in the tight-knit community before becoming involved in the murders.
Other haunting clues have surfaced that provide insight into Allen’s life in the crime-haunted city, including a chilling photo of his daughter in what appears to be the exact spot where Abby and Libby were seen for the last time.
An affidavit recently unsealed by a judge revealed that Allen had in fact admitted to being on the bridge at the time the girls were killed in two separate interviews, including one in 2017.
The documents also indicated that an unexpended .40 bullet found between the bodies of the two girls appeared to have been passed through a pistol belonging to Allen.
Little is known about the scene where Libby and Abby were tragically found, and their official cause of death has not been made public.
Investigators said pieces of Libby and Abigail’s clothing were missing when discovered.
Officials suspected the killer had taken a memento away and believed photographs or video were likely taken of the monstrous set-up to “memorize” the crime scene.
Crime expert Joseph Scott Morgen speculated that Allen’s intimate access to the community may have given him “unhealthy pleasure” while investigators desperately searched for leads.
As Allen continues to be analyzed in court, theories that he may not have worked alone during the murders have come to light.
Before the affidavit was released, prosecutors had pleaded with a judge to keep its contents out of public view, insisting they had “good reason” to believe Allen may have had an accomplice.
Allen’s legal team called the evidence in the affidavit “flimsy,” insisting Indiana investigators have “the wrong person.”
He pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder.
More is to be revealed in the chilling case, and a hearing is scheduled for January 13, 2023, to determine whether the gag order should remain in place.
A bond hearing for Allen has been set for February 17, 2023.