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Another Marine to plead guilty in Hamdania Iraqi civilian murder case

[JURIST] US Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler A. Jackson will plead guilty in connection with the April 26 death of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad [Wikipedia profile] in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive], Jackson's lawyer said Monday. Jackson faces court-martial [press release] on charges of murder, conspiracy, housebreaking, larceny and kidnapping, but his lawyer said that Jackson has agreed to plead guilty on lesser charges. Jackson is one of eight military personnel originally charged [JURIST report] in the Hamdania incident, where seven Marines and a Navy Corpsman allegedly left Awad by the side of the road with a shovel and AK-47 after they shot him, making Awad look like an insurgent.

US Marines Pfc. John J. Jodka and US Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Melson J. Bacos [JURIST reports] have both already entered guilty pleas. Four of the eight initially charged still face courts-martial [JURIST report], and a decision as to whether the final Marine charged, Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III [JURIST report], will face court-martial is still pending. AP has more.

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