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Mistrial declared in case against dad accused of molesting daughter

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A judge has declared a mistrial for Daniel and Alisha Hall.

The couple is accused of sexually assaulting their six-month-old daughter.

Last week, Daniel Hall admitted to posing in sexual positions with his daughter, and his wife, Alisha, is accused of taking those photographs.

However, Daniel testified he forced her to take the pictures.

Closing arguments and deliberations were expected to take place Tuesday before the judge declared the mistrial.

Alisha Halls' attorney discovered an issue while preparing for closing arguments.  It all relates to bedding police found in the hall's house -- bedding that was never entered into the trial as evidence.

"The issue is the fact that they had evidence that they hadn't disclosed to us yet," said Major White, Alisha Hall's defense attorney. "We have no idea what's contained in that evidence."

The potential evidence came out just hours ago. Both the defense and the prosecution never had a chance to study it. They say it could amount to nothing or perhaps everything in this highly charged case, and the judge agreed, declaring a mistrial.

"The law requires that they be shown the evidence prior to trial," said Judge Geoffrey Neithercut. "Since they were not shown all the evidence, this court declares a mistrial for both defendants."

During the investigation earlier this year, Mount Morris Police Chief Keith Becker says not only did investigators find more than a dozen images of Daniel Hall engaged in sexual acts with his own child, they also reportedly retrieved 5,000 to 8,000 pornographic images of other children. They aren't sure if the Halls took the pictures or simply downloaded them.

In a past court hearing, Daniel's attorney told Genesee District Judge Christopher Odette that Daniel believes he is a "prophet of God." He said Daniel believes he is in jail for religious purposes.

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