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Stage set for accused Delphi murder suspect’s hearing

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Two years after Delphi's Abby Williams and Libby German were murdered, their families set up photos and candles for a Community prayer remembrance at Delphi United Methodist Church 1796 US-421, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019.

DELPHI, Ind. ― Accused Delphi murderer Richard Allen’s Tuesday morning hearing is set with two new motions filed late Monday afternoon.

Media outlets across the state filed a brief spelling out why they believe Richard Allen’s charging documents and probable cause should be unsealed.

Indiana State Police announced Oct. 31 that Allen, 50, of Delphi, was detained Oct. 26, arrested and charged Oct. 28 with murder for the killings of Libby German and Abby Williams on Feb. 13, 2017.

No one in the public, however, has seen any court documents to substantiate the state police allegations. Additionally, state law requires the name, age, address, charges and factual circumstances of an arrest to be made public within 24 hours of an arrest.

Indiana State Police took five days from the time of Allen’s detention before they publicly confirmed he was in custody and his charges —.two counts of murder. The Journal & Courier filed a complaint with the Indiana Public Access Counselor earlier this month about the withholding of Allen’s arrest.

Mugshot of 50-year-old Richard Allen, charged in the 2017 Delphi murders.

Meanwhile, Richard Allen’s attorney filed a motion Monday arguing that Allen should be released on his own recognizance or have bond set.

“…(B)ecause neither the proof of guilt is evident, nor the presumption of guilt is strong, the accused is seeking a hearing to release the accused on his own recognizance or in the alternative, to set a reasonable bail.”

In Indiana, all defendants are entitled to a reasonable bail that is high enough to ensure the defendant’s appearance in court, according to Indiana law.