Richard Matthew Allen50, the Indiana man accused of killing two teenage girls several years ago in the Delphi murder case, has obtained a court-appointed attorney, court records show.
The appointment came after the defendant asked the court for a public defender because he did not pay for legal representation in a double homicide case.
“In the matter listed above, I, Richard M. Allen, submit myself to the mercy of the court,” said the letter filed in Carroll County court earlier this month. will read. “I am advocating that legal aid be granted through a Public Defender, whatever relief is available.”
According to court records reviewed by Law&Crime, attorney Andrew Joseph Baldwin and Baldwin Perry & Kamish, PC, a Franklin, Indiana criminal defense law firm, were appointed to represent Allen.
The law firm is located near Indianapolis and two hours southeast of Delphi, Indiana.
Law&Crime reached out to Baldwin’s law firm for comment on this story but did not immediately receive a response by the time of publication.
Although little is known about the case, prosecutors say Allen’s 14-year-old murder Liberty “Libby” Germanyand his 13-year-old friend Abigail “Abby” Williams before abandoning their bodies near the now recreational road. Two girls went missing while hiking the Monon High Bridge Trail – a former deck bridge – near Delphi, Indiana, on February 13, 2017.
The law enforcement officers previously said that German and Williams had lost blood and then “moved and placed” their bodies where they were found.
The killer is believed to have left with a memento from the crime scene, police have alleged in a search warrant that did not reveal what was missing from the crime scene.
In late October of this year, authorities announced that they had made an arrest in the murders that had long been missing and in custody. On October 31, 2022, Allen was named as a suspect, charged with two counts of murder, and released on bond. The government remains silent, however, and the court handling the case sealed the affidavit on the matter and accused Allen of speaking.
The suspect is being held at an undisclosed location. The Indiana Department of Corrections previously told Law & Crime that it would not release its location for “Mr. Allen’s safety.
Allen, in his letter to the court requesting a court-appointed attorney, said the case against him has changed his life beyond his finances, and has had a negative impact on his wife’s safety.
“At my first hearing on October 28, 2022, I asked to be represented,” the defendant wrote. “However, at that time I didn’t know how much it would cost to talk to someone. I also didn’t know what kind of money my wife and I had. We were forced to quit our jobs, and I also by the prisoner and my wife for his own life. He has left our house for his life. What a small reserve the first home will not last.
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for November 22, 2022. Judge Frances C. Gull it has been determined by hearing that it will deal with evidentiary matters. He previously said he would be quick to deny the defendant’s request for a court date.
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