On Thursday, May 2, 2024, WTHR reported that the original judge on the Delphi murder case had abruptly resigned.

Judge Benjamin Diener of Carroll County Circuit Court stepped down from his position on April 30th, just one week after notifying the governor of his plans to leave the bench. In his resignation letter, Diener explained that he had achieved his professional goals after nearly 12 years as a judge and was ready for new challenges. He also stated that he would not be available to serve in a temporary or senior judge capacity going forward.

As the original judge assigned to the high-profile Delphi murder case, Diener was presiding when Richard Allen was charged in October 2022 with murdering Abby Williams and Libby German in 2017. However, Diener recused himself from the case shortly after the charges were filed, citing concerns for the safety of his family and staff due to intense media scrutiny surrounding the case. Diener noted that the extreme public interest had overwhelmed the court with numerous requests for information.

With Diener’s term now vacant, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb will appoint a new judge to serve out the remainder of the term. If Diener had won the primary but later withdrawn his candidacy, party officials could have selected a replacement nominee for the November general election.



Source: WTHR