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Judge overseeing Delphi murder case recuses himself

The Indiana Supreme Court has shared that the judge that was supposed to oversee the case regarding the teen girls murdered in the Delphi Murders has recused himself.

The recused judge was Carroll Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Diener. Now, the courts are working to appoint Allen County Superior Court Judge Fran Gull.

A spokesperson for the Indiana Supreme Court sent an email, and according to My Twin Tiers, shared that a judge isn’t required to explain their reason for a recusal.

Diener recused himself the day he approved the request from Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby. The request was to transfer Richard Allen to Indiana Department of Corrections.


Diener wrote in the order to transfer Richard Allen, “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.”

He said the suspect was in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death, or represents a substantial threat to the safety of others.

It was added that the public’s need and want for information on the case is dangerous. No public servants feel safe while working on the case.

He called the public’s desire to learn about the case and access court records inherently disruptive to the court’s operations.

Right now, Allen is being held on a $20 million dollar bond. His arrest was last Friday for the murder of Libby German, who was 14, and Abby Williams, who was 13.

Both deaths were ruled a double homicide but evidence and cause of death has never been revealed by police.

Allen is pleading not guilty.

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