DELPHI, Indiana (WXIN) — Grandmother Libby German said that the man arrested and charged with her granddaughter’s murder once printed photos for the family.
Richard AllenThe 50-year-old has been charged with two counts of murder in the 2017 murders of Abby Williams and Libby German.
Indiana State Police have released few details other than Allen’s arrest and charges during a news conference on Mondayinsisting that the investigation is ongoing and any additional details could compromise the case.
“While I know you are all waiting today for the final details regarding this arrest, today is not the day.” said ISP Superintendent Doug Carter, before repeating, “Today is not the day.”
Carter continued: “This investigation is far from over and we will not compromise its integrity by releasing or discussing documents or information until the appropriate time.”
After the press conference, Libby’s grandmother Becky Petty confirmed to journalists that Allen processed the photos for the family and did not charge them for the photos.
CVS confirmed Allen worked at the Delphi store, and state records show he was a licensed pharmacy technician.
Anna Williams, Abby Williams’ mother, had no comment as she left the press conference.
Allen is currently being held at the White County Jail and is being held without bond. He pleaded not guilty during his initial hearing on Friday. He was arrested Wednesday when he was taken into custody at ISP’s Lafayette post, state police said.
On February 14, 2017, the bodies of 14-year-old Libby Herman and 13-year-old Abby Williams were found a day after they hiked the Monon High Bridge, which is part of the Delphi Historic Trails system.
For the next five years, questions about who killed the best friends and why weighed heavily on the town of Delphi in Carroll County and beyond.
Allen’s home was searched last week, investigators dug up his fireplace and towed his car. They did not share what evidence – if any – was found.
Although it is unclear how long he may have been on the radar of law enforcement, Allen has never been publicly named as a suspect in the Delphi investigation.
It is not yet known whether he is related Ron Logan, the owner of the property where Libby and Abby were found. On March 17, 2017, the FBI issued a search warrant for his land. According to the search warrant, Logan created a false alibi for his location on the day of the murder, and his cell phone pinged near where the girls’ bodies were found. He died of complications related to COVID in January and has not been charged.
Another figure in the Delphi investigation is Kegan Kline, a man charged with 30 counts of possession of child pornography. According to the investigation, Cline is behind the fake profile “anthony_shots”, a false Internet persona who communicated with Libby Herman. Transcripts obtained by The Murder Sheet podcast show that a person who had been communicating with Libby through the identity “anthony_shots” agreed to meet with Libby around the time she went missing. Like Ron Logan, Cline was never charged with any involvement in the Delphi murders.
Richard Allen’s next preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 13. The jury trial is scheduled for March 20.
Petty’s family said they still want to help investigators as much as they can as the investigation is still ongoing. They are asking anyone with any relevant information to call the tip line at (765) 822-3535.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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