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Okla. soldier pleads guilty to crimes relating to death of Iraqi detainee

Fort Campbell_An Army staff sergeant who was facing murder charges in the death of an Iraqi detainee has pleaded guilty to assault.

Staff Sgt. Hal Warner of Braggs, Okla., also pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of maltreatment and making a false official statement.

Defense attorney Ed Smith says an agreement calls for prosecutors to dismiss charges of premeditated murder, accessory after the fact to murder and obstruction to justice. A military prosecutor declined to comment.

A military judge has yet to accept the plea. It comes as a court martial was set to begin for Warner.

A second soldier, 1st Lt. Michael Behenna of Edmond, Okla., also faces a charge of premeditated murder in the shooting death last May of detainee Ali Mansour Mohammed.

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