updated 1/10/2007 11:25:30 PM ET 2007-01-11T04:25:30

A soldier will plead guilty to murdering three prisoners in Iraq as part of a deal with prosecutors, his attorney said.

Spc. William B. Hunsaker, 24, intends to plead guilty to murder, attempted murder and obstruction of justice Thursday at Fort Campbell, his civilian attorney, Michael Waddington, said Wednesday.

Hunsaker was one of four soldiers charged in the killings after a raid last year on a suspected al-Qaida stronghold near Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad.

The soldiers originally told investigators they shot detainees because they were trying to flee and that commanders had told them to kill all military-age males.

Hunsaker has since admitted that the detainees were not trying to escape, Waddington said. He would not discuss details of the plea agreement.

One soldier has been sentenced to nine months in military jail for aggravated assault. Two others are awaiting courts-martial.

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