‘I throw myself at the mercy of the court’: man arrested for murder in Delphi demands public defender


The man arrested in connection with the Delphi massacre has demanded a public defender.

According to court documents filed this week, Richard Allen asked the court to provide him with a defense attorney. Prior to the request, Allen had indicated his intention to hire a private attorney.

The Indiana State Police announced Allen’s arrest on October 31, saying he was facing two counts of manslaughter in connection with the February 2017 murders of Abby Williams and Libby German.
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The Indiana Department of Corrections released a booking photo of Allen earlier this week.

In a handwritten letter obtained by FOX59, Allen begged “the court for mercy.” At his first hearing on 28 October, he indicated his intention to hire a private lawyer.
However, Allen wrote that he “had no idea how much it would cost to talk to someone.” He said the arrest and charges directly affected his family’s finances as he was no longer employed and that his wife had to leave their home for his “personal safety”.

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“Once again, I throw myself at the mercy of the court. Please give me all the help you can,” Allen wrote.

The return address on the letter was the White County Jail, where Allen was imprisoned before being transferred to a state facility.

Police have not released Allen’s relationship in the Delphi case or her possible role in the girls’ deaths. The details of his arrest are extremely limited.

Here is a transcript of Allen’s letter:
“To: Carroll Circuit Court & Associates”

Subject: Case No. 08C01-2210-MR-1

In the reason stated above, I, Richard M. Allen, hereby throw myself at the mercy of the Court. I request to provide legal aid to a public defender or any other assistance available.

At my first hearing on October 28, 2022, I asked to represent. However, at the time I didn’t know how much it would cost to talk to someone. I didn’t even know what my wife and I [sic] immediate financial situation was going to be.

We were both forced to quit our jobs immediately, for the sake of imprisoning ourselves and my wife for their personal safety. He had to leave our house for his own safety. Those who have little reserve will not even be able to maintain their original residence.

Once again, I throw myself at the mercy of the court. Please give me all possible help.

Thank you for your time in this most important matter.

with honesty,


Richard M. Allen


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