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The mother of one of the Indiana teens found murdered nearly six years ago is speaking out following the arrest of a suspect.
“I think I’m still in shock, really,” admitted Timmons. “It came out of nowhere.”
Allen is accused of murdering German and her friend, 13-year-old Abigail “Abby” Williams, on Feb. 13, 2017, after the pair disappeared from a hiking trail in Delphi, Indiana — a high-profile case commonly referred to as the Delphi Murders.
Their bodies were found in a wooded area the next day.
Law enforcement officials have not disclosed how they narrowed in on Allen as a suspect, and speculation continues to course through the internet. So far, we know Allen was a CVS employee who was described — along with his wife — by locals as being a “good family couple” with strong ties in Delphi.
“If this turns out that he is the killer, how did he manage to go unnoticed for almost six years? There’s a lot of questions still left unanswered,” said Timmons. “More questions now than there were before.”
Bob Matlock, the former owner of the now-closed JC’s Bar in Delphi, told news outlets that Richard Allen and his wife, Kathy Allen, were regular bar patrons and that Allen frequently discussed the murdered friends.
A photo of Allen smiling at the pub — where a sketch of the wanted murder suspect is seen posted on the wall — has been widely circulated, which Timmons called “bold” in her interview with Inside Edition.
“Like it didn’t matter,” said Timmons. “It just seems crazy that he was right there, living life every day.”
But even Timmons was surprised that the first and only person to be charged with the girls’ murders was so rooted in the small town of only about 3,000 people.
“You had to know the area to have gotten in and out. It just seems logical that they had some local ties, at the very least,” Timmons continued. “I didn’t expect him to literally be living right under everyone’s noses.”
The Delphi murder garnered widespread media attention, partly due to a video and audio clip extracted from Libby German’s cell phone showing a man — believed to be the killer — walking toward them while saying, “Guys, down the hill.”
Many have praised German for having the cognizance to capture footage of their alleged killer before the double murder.
The overwhelming media attention continues to play a part in the evolving case, including when Carroll Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Diener permitted Allen to be moved to an undisclosed state facility for his own safety on Nov. 3.
“This finding is not predicated on any acts or alleged acts of the defendant, since arrest, rather a toxic and harmful insistence on ‘public information’ about Defendant and this case,” said Diener, according to Indianapolis’s WISH-TV.
Following the order, Judge Diener recused himself, citing the publicity, namely of true crime content creators on YouTube posting videos about him and photos of his family, according to the Indianapolis outlet.
“The public’s blood lust for information, before it exists, is extremely dangerous,” Diener stated. “ALL PUBLIC SERVANTS administering this action do not feel safe and are not protected."
In response, the Indiana Supreme Court appointed special judge Fran Gull to preside over the case.
So far, the charging documents remain sealed under court order, which officials say is because the case is still an open investigation. Before recusing himself, Diener ordered a Nov. 22 hearing about publicizing the records, though that date is now subject to change in light of Gull taking over.
Richard Allen has pleaded not guilty to the murders.
Timmons told Inside Edition she is “absolutely hopeful” since Allen’s arrest.
“I’ve always said the girls deserved justice, and I hope that’s where we’re headed,” said Timmons. “That justice is coming.”
Still, Timmons lives with the loss of her daughter.
“Regardless of the arrest, it doesn’t bring her back,” Timmons stated. "I’m still going to be living life wondering what she would be doing at this point or that point.”
Allen is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing tentatively scheduled for Jan. 13, 2023, according to Fox Indianapolis affiliate WXIN.
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