(UnitedVoice.com) – The Delphi Murders, as they became known, gripped the country for years. It was a story made for nightmares. Two young girls went hiking in a popular park in Indiana, only to be murdered. One of the victims captured her alleged killer on video before she died. After more than five years, police arrested a man they believe killed the victims, and now his attorneys have made a jaw-dropping defense.
In October 2022, Indiana State Police arrested Richard Allen and charged him with the murders of 13-year-old Abigail Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German. A probable cause affidavit later revealed a gun owned by the suspect allegedly matched a bullet casing found at the crime scene at the Delphi Historic Trails. They also believe a vehicle spotted at the scene belonged to Allen. He has pleaded not guilty.
On September 18, defense attorneys Bradley A. Rozzi and Andrew J. Baldwin filed a 136-page memo with the court blaming the teens’ murders on white nationalists. According to the lawyers, the search warrant executed by police wasn’t legal.
Rozzi and Baldwin also stated that the girls died in a ritual killing carried out by several people who belonged to a cult. They claim Allen wasn’t part of the murders. The lawyers stated the real killers were part of a “pagan Norse religion, called Odinism, hijacked by white nationalists.” They went on to say there were sticks at the crime scene that formed Germanic letters associated with the cult. Those alleged sticks are proof the girls died in a ritual, the attorneys claim.
Williams and German were killed in February 2017 after going to the Delphi Trails to hike. A video on German’s phone captured a man in jeans and a dark jacket walking near the girls. An audio recording captured the words “gun” and instructions for the girls to go “down the hill.” Their bodies were found a day later on the bank of a creek. Police have never released their cause of death.
Allen’s trial is set for January 8, 2024.
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