Police look for 2 more in connection with attempted murder of trial witness


by WHAS11


Posted on May 15, 2012 at 11:27 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Louisville Metro Police have arrested a man and charged him with attempted murder after they said he tried to kill a witness in a high profile murder case.

His name is William O’Bannon and he is charged with trying to kill James Mallory.

Does the name Mallory sound familiar? Mallory is the man suspected of killing a 15-year-old Louisville boy, but he is also the man who was set to testify against John “Hot Boy” Jones.

As you the timeline of this story unfolds, all the pieces of this case are falling together. O'Bannon is the latest piece of this ever growing puzzle. 

He is charged with conspiring with two other people to kill Mallory. O'Bannon allegedly shot Mallory in the leg on April 10, just hours later 15-year-old Gregory Holt was murdered in his bedroom of a South Louisville apartment complex. Mallory is one of the suspects now charged with murder in Holt’s death.

Police said when O'Bannon shot Mallory he asked him if he "was going to testify against my peoples." However, police have not said if the two shootings are connected.

But the story doesn’t end there.

Mallory was a jailhouse informant who gave police information on two high profile cases involving Jones and two other men, Dejuan Hammond and Steven Pettway.  In exchange for his testimony, Mallory was released from jail.  After his release is when police said he murdered Holt.

Mallory is still in jail, awaiting trial for the murder of Holt and O’Bannon, the man who allegedly tried to kill him, is being held in the same facility at Metro Corrections.

Police charged  O'Bannon, who was released from state prison in March,  with attempted murder Monday.  Police said they are looking to arrest two more people in connection with the attempted murder of Mallory.