- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The trial of a woman accused of bribing former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps has been delayed until 2017.

U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate signed an order Wednesday delaying the trial of Teresa Malone of Carthage from Oct. 3 until Jan. 9.

Defense lawyers said earlier they had scheduling conflicts. The wife of former state House Corrections Committee Chairman Bennett Malone, she’s free on bail.

Malone pleaded not guilty Aug. 3 to conspiracy and bribery charges alleging she regularly paid Epps over nearly four years. Prosecutors say payments were kickbacks from a $5,000-a-month consulting contract Epps steered to Malone from Illinois-based AdminPros, a health care consultant.

The state paid AdminPros more than $3 million, while Malone allegedly got more than $170,000.

Malone faces up to 30 years in prison.

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