Suspect Accused of Evidence Leak in Delphi Murders Investigation Arrested

FILE PHOTO — Andrew Baldwin, and members of his team, after a court hearing on November 22, 2022 in Delphi, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Staff report

Delphi, Indiana – November 22, 2023

Indiana State Police arrested Mitchell Westerman, a 41-year-old resident of Westfield, IN, on November 22, 2023, on charges of Conversion, a Class A Misdemeanor, after he is alleged to have leaked online photos of crime scene evidence related to the Delphi murders.

Westerman was part of Richard Allen’s original defense team and a co-worker of Andrew Baldwin.

The investigation commenced in October 2023 after the Indiana State Police Lafayette District Criminal Investigation Division received information suggesting the improper release of evidence linked to an ongoing criminal court case. Detectives, during their inquiry, established that Westerman had acquired evidence pertaining to the court proceeding of State v. Richard Allen and subsequently disseminated it without proper authorization.

In a significant development last month, Special Prosecutor Lindsey Holden-Kay from Bartholomew County assumed responsibility for evaluating the case. Taking swift action, on November 21, 2023, Holden-Kay filed charges at Johnson County Superior Court Three. Subsequently, an arrest warrant was issued for Westerman, leading to his apprehension on November 22, 2023, by Indiana State Police Detectives. Westerman was taken into custody and transported to Johnson County Jail.

Westerman faces charges solely related to Conversion at present, with authorities refraining from disclosing further details owing to the ongoing nature of the investigation. The possibility of additional charges remains, warranting discretion in releasing information, according to the ISP.

According to ISP, this case stands as a distinct inquiry separate from the Delphi Investigation. It also aligns with the existing gag order pertaining to the criminal proceeding of State v. Richard Allen, prohibiting the disclosure of any information associated with that case.

In adherence with the constitution, all individuals implicated in the investigation are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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