By BETH HEMPHILL
DELPHI, Ind. (Court TV) — A catastrophic leak of crime scene photos could impede the upcoming trial of a man accused of murdering two Indiana teens.
Public defenders for Richard Allen, charged with the 2017 double murders of Abigail “Abby” Williams, 13, and best friend Liberty German, 14, have accused a white nationalist Odinist group of killing the girls in a ritualistic sacrifice.
Very few details of the crime scene have been made public, and many details have been kept under wraps courtesy of a gag order put in place by the Court. One disturbing image of a tree with Pagan symbols and blood on it was released in the 136 page document filed by Allen’s defense attorneys, Andrew Baldwin and Brad Rozzi, who point to it as additional support for their theory that practitioners of Odinism were the actual killers.
However, the latest photo leak was even more disturbing. Court TV guests, Anya Cain and attorney Kevin Greenley of “The Murder Sheet” podcast, received seven graphic crime scene photos that they believed had been included in the prosecution’s discovery. Unlike the tree photo, which was not obvious to verify, the graphic photos “were authentic…in other words they actually did come from the crime scene,” Greenley said on his podcast. Knowing the seriousness of the offense, Cain and Greenley reached out to Indiana State Police and Allen’s defense team to alert both sides of the issue.
After investigating, Cain and Greenley told Court TV they were able to trace the leak back to an associate of Andrew Baldwin, one of Richard Allen’s defense attorneys, who was hoping to plug the leak.
Judge Frances Gull scheduled a last-minute hearing for Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. which Court TV had applied to televise. The judge has permitted Court TV to set up cameras in the courtroom for the pre-trial hearing. There’s a good possibility that the latest evidence leaks, as well as other outstanding issues related to allegations that the defense is “twisting facts for sensationalism.”
In 2021, the law that once banned the broadcasting of legal proceedings in Indiana was amended, leaving it up to the trial court judge’s discretion. Last month, Allen’s defense asked the court to allow broadcast cameras for all future proceedings.