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James Mallory pleads not guilty to trying to have trial witness murdered

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He's already accused of killing a 15-year-old boy. Now he's charged with trying to have a witness killed. But James Mallory won't be going on trial anytime soon.

Mallory's previous attorney withdrew, causing a delay in the murder trial. Now, with the new charges, the case will see a setback once again.

James Mallory appeared in court twice on Monday. He's facing several new charges, including solicitation to murder, bribing a witness and solicitation to tampering with a witness.

He's accused of trying to have Anthony Hogan killed. Hogan is a witness in an upcoming murder trial involving Mallory.

A public defender pleaded "not guilty" on Mallory's behalf.

He also appeared in another courtroom today, for the original murder case. He's charged in connection with the death of 15-year-old Gregory Holt, who was shot to death in his mother's apartment in April 2012.

Mallory was given a new attorney, since his previous one withdrew.

As the attorney and judge were discussing a competency report that was conducted on Mallory, you could see him smiling at someone sitting in the courtroom.

Mallory had a trial date set for May, but that will be delayed until a later time.

"A lot of it will depend on the judge, and what will happen with the competency evaluation and what happens with the hearing in the event that there is one on that issue," said defense attorney Mark Hall. "So I would imagine we're probably looking sometime in 2016, but I can't say with any certainty."

Meanwhile, the prosecutor in the case says a motion will be made to transfer and consolidate Mallory's new charges with the current murder case. They also plan to get more protections in place for witnesses.

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