POCATELLO, Idaho -- A Pocatello man has pleaded not guilty to killing his 6-year-old son last year.

Anthony Blake Viles has been charged with first-degree murder in the April 2012 death of Afton Allison.

Allison died three days after being taken to a hospital with severe head injuries. He had been the subject of a child-custody dispute and the state ordered the child placed with his mother.

Viles was held on felony charges for injury to a child after he acknowledged striking Allison. The charge was elevated after he died.

The Idaho State Journal reports Viles waived a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Sixth District Judge Stephen Dunn set a July 16 trial date after Bannock County Public Defender Randy Schulthies told the judge there have been discussions with prosecutors about resolving the case.

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