A 4th District judge Tuesday dismissed two of three grounds on which defense attorneys had based their motion for a new trial for Allen B. Hadfield.
Judge Cullen Y. Christensen took the remaining defense contention jury misconduct during deliberations under advisement but did not say when he will rule.Hadfield, 37, was convicted in December of seven counts of child sex abuse and child sodomy involving his 12-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter. He was sentenced to 10 years' probation. He has maintained his innocence and asked for a new trial to clear his name.
Christensen granted a prosecution motion to quash the introduction of newly discovered evidence the defense claims was unavailable at Hadfield's trial and now should be presented to a jury.
Defense attorney Brent Caruth told Christensen on Tuesday that the new evidence showed therapist Barbara Snow consistently had fabricated evidence and brainwashed alleged victims of child sex abuse. Snow first reported the Hadfield children's allegations against their father.
Christensen ruled that Snow's therapeutic practices were adequately explored during Hadfield's trial. He also ruled against a defense claim of prosecutorial misconduct during the trial.