A Miller County judge declared a mistrial in a child sex abuse case shortly before noon Friday because the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
Jared Allen Harper, 35, remains charged with rape, second-degree sexual assault and indecency with a child for alleged misconduct with the daughter of a woman with whom he has two young sons. Harper did not take the stand during three days of testimony.
Harper’s attorneys, Jason Horton of Texarkana and Jeffrey Rosenzweig of Little Rock, argued that the girl, who is now 13, fabricated a “tangled web of stories” with the help of her older brother, who is now 17, because they wanted Harper out of their lives and they wanted to insure their mother would maintain custody of their two half brothers.
Haltom scheduled the case for a hearing in September to address a new trial setting. Meanwhile Harper remains free on his current $50,000 bond.