The motion for mistrial was made by defense lawyer Herbie Brewer and granted by Farris after hearing arguments from both sides.
Ricky Robinson, a former Carbon Hill pastor, had been on trial all week facing four charges of sex abuse of a child under the age of 12.
Assistant District Attorney Brian Warren said his understanding was that the case would be slated for retrial on the next trial docket in February.
Brewer said he had every expectation that the state would attempt to schedule it again but he would oppose a retrial.
“It will be my intention to challenge any effort to have a retrial in this case,” Brewer said. “In my judgement, this mistrial was caused intentionally because the case was going well for the defendant, and he would likely have been found not guilty.”
Assistant District Attorneys Chris Sherer and Alana Sewell prosecuted the case for the state.