Accused Killer Admitted To Killing Family In Jailhouse Phone Call

In a jailhouse phone call with his wife, the man accused of murdering two adolescent best friends in Delphi, Indiana, 2017 admitted to the killings.

Prosecutors claim that on April 3, 2023, 50-year-old Richard Allen called his wife from jail and confessed to her. According to the papers, she hung up immediately once Allen’s wife heard the confession.

Authorities transcribed the call, and the text shows Richard Allen admitting that he murdered Liberty German and Abigail Williams. He confesses many during the conversation times that he committed the acts.

Prosecutors say that Allen confessed six times. Bradley Rozzi, Allen’s defense attorney, admitted that his client had made “incriminating statements” but argued that they couldn’t be believed because of Allen’s worsening mental condition.

Allen, wearing a yellow prison uniform and appearing thin, showed up to court. His lawyers have claimed that the stress of his detention and confinement has caused him to make “inconsistent” remarks.

Even though it is linked to the killings with gun evidence, Abby Williams and Libby German died due to a knife assault. Allen’s legal team had moved to exclude evidence involving ballistics from the trial. Police discovered an unfired round near the girls’ bodies.

The forensic study of weapons has lately come under question for its lack of reliability, casting doubt on the claim that the bullet originated from Allen’s rifle. Because Allen’s lawyers are contesting the evidence, the hearing on their application has been postponed.

Allen, according to the statement of probable cause, admits to being on the Indiana hiking route on February 14, 2017, the day after German and Williams was last seen alive and the day their corpses were discovered. Police claim in the affidavit that Allen is the killer based on circumstantial evidence, including video footage from the Hoosier Harvestore, a machine maintenance firm in Delphi, and an unspent bullet at the site.

While on the route, Allen claims to have seen three young women who recounted seeing a man who they assumed to be Allen walking alone. The female who observed the man described his attire as “like blue jeans and like really light blue jacket.” One eyewitness described his attire as a black sweatshirt, trousers, and boots. According to the third female, the man was last seen wearing a blue or black windbreaker and loose-fitting pants.

Eye witness testimony is inconsistent, and forensics on an unspent bullet is unreliable. The case hinges strongly on his confession.