On Friday, May 17, 2024, Wishtv.com reported that the defense team for Richard Allen, the man accused of murdering Abigail Williams and Liberty German in Delphi, Indiana in 2017, filed a second motion to disqualify Special Judge Fran Gull from the case. The defense claimed Judge Gull has exhibited bias against the defense in her handling of the high-profile case.

According to the 40-page filing, the defense made 14 new accusations of bias against Judge Gull. They argue that the judge has had improper one-sided communications with prosecution witnesses without including the defense. The motion also alleges that Judge Gull called the defense team negligent and incompetent in court filings.

Furthermore, the defense contends that Judge Gull has treated prosecution and defense motions differently. They claim she has quickly granted hearings for the state while taking a long time to consider and rule on defense motions. One of the defense’s largest complaints is that Judge Gull refused to push back the trial date in May, which they argued violated Allen’s right to a fair trial by not giving them adequate time to prepare.

The motion also takes issue with Judge Gull only allowing cameras in the courtroom for one hearing, where the original defense team was replaced. The defense filing adds these 14 new claims of bias to the 18 reasons cited in their first motion to disqualify the judge from the high-profile case.

In other rulings on Friday, Judge Gull partially denied a defense request to delay hearings scheduled this week. While she postponed arguments around new testimony from recent depositions, the judge will still hear motions regarding whether statements Allen made in prison can be used against him at trial. Allen was moved to the prison from the local jail due to security concerns.

The defense filing and Judge Gull’s mixed rulings on delays come as the case against Richard Allen for the February 2017 murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German in the small town of Delphi remains pending. It remains to be seen how the judge will rule on the motion to disqualify herself from the high-profile case that continues to attract extensive media attention.



Source: Wishtv.com