DELPHI, Ind. — The judge overseeing the case against Richard Allen, the man accused of killing Abby Williams and Libby German in 2017, said Friday the jury trial will remain in Carroll County but the jury will be out another district is selected.
Judge Fran Gull noted the burden the trial would place on witnesses and the families of the girls and Allen. However, Judge Gull also said it was “painfully clear” that finding an impartial jury in the county would be “almost impossible”.
Allen’s defense team originally asked the judge to move the trial more than 150 miles from Delphi, citing statistical data showing local interest in the case and potential conflicts of interest.
“It’s obvious that we all agree that this is not the place to do this,” Allen defense attorney Bradley Rozzi said. “I think it’s a logical conclusion and a lot of it is just trying to deal with all the moving parts and not burden other people.”
The focus is now on which county to use for jury selection.
Lafayette defense attorney Early McCoy attended Friday’s hearing but is not involved in the case. He said there was a lot to consider, such as coverage of coverage and how large a jury pool would be needed.
“The bigger the city, the greater the chance you’ll find people who haven’t really paid much attention to this case,” McCoy said.
If the defense insists on their 150-mile separation, Evansville would remain the state’s only major city. McCoy said making jury picks so far away would be expensive.
“We have very densely populated northern counties like Porter, Lake, Allen,” McCoy explained. “I think you can find enough people in a shorter distance and have less expense and transportation.”
Regardless of what they decide, McCoy said finding and servicing a jury will be expensive. Judge Gull’s staff said they would immediately begin searching for hotel rooms, restaurants and entertainment for the jury.
“The most important thing is that we get a venire (jury pool) that we can be sure is fair, unbiased, unbiased. That’s the goal,” said Rozzi.
Judge Gull said both prosecutors and defense should agree on a district and let them know by next Friday.
Allen’s defense team has not specified where jury selection will take place.
Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland avoided reporters as he has done before.
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