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Delphi murders suspect reveals wife’s dramatic move in letter blasted by sleuths

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DELPHI murders suspect Richard Allen has revealed unspecified safety fears have “forced” his wife to quit her job in a letter written from jail.

Allen, 50, was arrested last month and charged with the 2017 murders of teenage friends Libby German and Abby Williams in Indiana.

In a letter where he begs for “the mercy of the court,” the former CVS worker explained that he and his wife were “forced” to quit their jobs, citing his imprisonment and his wife’s personal safety.

“We have both been forced to immediately abandon employment, myself due to incarceration and my wife for her personal safety.”

He went on: “She has had to abandon our house for her own safety. What little reserve there is will fail to even maintain the original residence.

“Again I throw myself at the mercy of the court. Please provide me whatever assistance you may.”

Some online commentators slammed the letter on Facebook, with one person writing: “He’s got 20 days.”

“I’m guessing they’re drawing for the short straw,” read another comment.

In the handwritten letter obtained by Acesparks59, Allen begged for a public defender after his plans to hire a private attorney proved to be too expensive.

The letter read: “I, Richard M. Allen, hereby throw myself at the mercy of the court. I am begging to be provided with legal assistance in a Public Defender or whatever help is available.”

“At my initial hearing on Oct. 28, 2022, I asked to find representation for myself. However, at the time I had no clue how expensive it would be just to talk to someone.

“I also did not realize what my wife and I’s immediate financial situation was going to be.”

Abby, 13, and Libby, 14 went missing on the last day of a four-day winter break on February 13, 2017, when they went hiking through the woods near Indiana’s historic Monon High Bridge.

After Allen’s arrest, Libby’s mother Carrie Timmons told The US Sun she was taken by “complete surprise.”

“It’s been extremely emotional,” admitted Carrie. “Of course, I’m excited and happy there’s been an arrest but he hasn’t been proven guilty, it’s all alleged, so it’s not a time to celebrate.”

The breakthrough in the Delphi murders investigation has given hope to a father who lost his young daughter and niece in an eerily similar double homicide that remains unsolved 10 years later.

Cousins ‚Äč‚ÄčElizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, vanished while riding their bikes around the small town of Evansdale, in Iowa, on July 13, 2012, before their bodies were found.

For Elizabeth’s dad, Drew Collins, the likelihood his daughter’s death is linked to the Delphi case is not totally out of the realm of possibility, although he believes there’s only a “very small chance” it could be.


Allen is an employee of a CVS near Delphi, a source, who requested to be anonymous, told The US Sun.

“The people who worked with him had no clue and were just as surprised as everyone else,” a source said.

“They’re all just really hoping that there’s some kind of a mistake in that it isn’t him.

“But at the same time, if it is him, they hope there is solid proof because everybody wants to see this come to an end. There’s just a lot of mixed emotions,” the source added.

On Monday, CVS confirmed that Allen is a licensed pharmacy technician at the company.

“We are shocked and saddened to learn that one of our store employees was arrested as a suspect in these crimes,” CVS told WRTVadding that the company is ready to cooperate with investigators.

Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter said investigators are seeking information “not only about Richard Allen but about any other person you may have.”

Carroll County Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland declined to elaborate on whether authorities are seeking additional suspects.

Allen has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held in White County Jail without bond, authorities said.

A pre-trial date is set for January 13, 2023, and a trial date is slated for March 20, 2023.

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