An Indiana judge has ordered that Delphi murder suspect Richard Allen be moved to another state correctional facility after his lawyers argued he was being held in “similar to prison” conditions. ‘a prisoner of war’ in order to frustrate his ability to defend himself. himself at his next trial.
In an order issued Friday, Special Judge Fran C. Gull granted Allen’s request to vary the custody order regarding his pre-trial detention to “meet his medical and physical needs in accordance with medical directives from physicians, psychiatrists or psychologists of the Department of Correction”.
Judge Gull’s order did not specify where Allen would be moved.
The order came in response to a motion filed earlier this month by Allen’s lawyers who made numerous allegations about the conditions he has faced since being housed at Westville Correctional Facility. after his arrest in November 2022.
The long list of grievances alleged in the April 5 petition included that Allen was forced to sleep on a mattress on a concrete floor, was only allowed to take showers twice a week, had no the right to see his wife or family and was allowed very limited leisure. time.
“Mr. Allen was buried in a cell as small as 6 feet wide by 10 feet long, a space no larger than that of a kennel,” the motion reads. “In summary, Mr. Allen is treated very less favorably than a convicted person, many of whom are housed in less secure areas of the prison, are offered programs, mental health therapy and services, routine recreation and family contact visits, and friends.”
“Mr. Allen asserts that said denial is a deliberate attempt to impose conditions upon him which are intended to frustrate his purpose of defending himself against the allegations charged and to create hardship upon him which would drive any human being to nervous breakdown,” wrote his “This approach to his pretrial detention is a direct violation of his Sixth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.”
Allen faces two counts of murder in the 2017 double murder of 13-year-old Abigail “Abby” Williams and her friend Liberty “Libby” German, 14, whose bodies were discovered in an area forested right next to the Delphi Historic Trails system.
Abby and Libby disappeared while walking the Monon High Bridge Trail near Delphi, Indiana on February 13, 2017. The trail crosses an abandoned stretch of what was once the Monon Railroad and crosses an old trestle above over a small river or stream. The girls were found dead the following day in an area near the easel.
Allen’s next hearing is currently scheduled for June 15.
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