Attorneys for man charged with killing 2 teenage Indiana girls argue they died in ritual sacrifice

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DELPHI, Ind. -

Attorneys for a bluish Indiana antheral charged with sidesplitting 2 teenage girls contend successful tribunal documents filed Monday that their lawsuit had thing to bash with the crimes and that the girls really died arsenic portion of a ritual sacrifice.

Attorneys Andrew Baldwin and Brad Rozzi, who correspond Richard Allen of Delphi, said successful a 136-page papers that 13-year-old Abigail Williams and 14-year-old Liberty German were killed by members of a pagan Norse religion and achromatic nationalist radical known arsenic Odinists.

They besides requested a proceeding to contiguous grounds that the hunt warrant for Allen's location was based connected faulty probable origin and should beryllium suppressed.

"Members of a pagan Norse religion, called Odinism, hijacked by achromatic nationalists, ritualistically sacrificed Abigail Williams and Liberty German," the attorneys authorities said successful the filing.

"(N)othing, perfectly nothing, links Richard Allen to Odinism oregon immoderate spiritual cult," they wrote.

The attorneys assertion that 2 groups of Odinists, 1 from the Delphi country and 1 from the Rushville country successful southeastern Indiana, were investigated for their engagement successful the crimes. They accidental investigators recovered aggregate ritualistic symbols astatine the transgression scene, including the mode Liberty's assemblage was positioned.

The Carroll County prosecutor's bureau didn't instantly reply to a Monday telephone connection seeking remark astir the defense's claims.

The 2 girls were recovered dormant adjacent the Monon High Bridge connected Feb. 14, 2017. An autopsy showed that they had been stabbed.

In a hunt warrant petition successful March 2017, an FBI cause claimed the girls' bodies appeared to person been "moved and staged" astatine the transgression scene.

The defence filing claims imaginable "Odinism signatures," including ritualistic symbols, were near astatine the transgression country but that investigators abandoned that angle.

Allen's attorneys besides named respective imaginable suspects who person not been charged successful the case.

The girls were killed aft a comparative dropped them disconnected astatine a hiking way adjacent the Monon High Bridge conscionable extracurricular their hometown of Delphi, astir 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis. Their bodies were recovered the adjacent time successful a rugged, heavy wooded country adjacent the trail.

Allen has pleaded not blameworthy to the charges.

The killings person haunted Delphi, a metropolis of astir 3,000 wherever Allen lived and worked astatine a cause store.

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