Idaho soldier facing court martial in Afghan plot

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- An Idaho soldier among five troops charged in a plot to kill Afghan civilians for sport faces a court martial hearing Thursday in Washington, though he might plead guilty to avoid it.

Pvt. 1st Class Andrew Holmes, of Boise, Idaho is accused of taking part in the first of three killings by Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers early last year.

One of the acknowledged leaders of the plan, Spc. Jeremy Morlock, says Holmes deliberately took part in that killing, though no evidence has emerged to corroborate Morlock's account. And one witness has claimed that Morlock acknowledged fabricating the allegations against Holmes.

Morlock pleaded guilty this year and agreed to testify against his co-defendants in exchange for a 24-year sentence.

Holmes' attorney has said an agreement with prosecutors was in the works.