GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Lawyers for the defendant in what would be the first war crimes trial under President Barack Obama are hoping for a plea deal at a closed meeting Monday.
Canadian Omar Khadr has been held at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since he was 15.
Khadr's attorneys say a military judge plans to hold a closed session just hours before a war crimes tribunal at the U.S. base begins hearing the case.
Settlement talks are confidential.
Khadr, now 24, is accused of throwing a grenade that killed U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Speer during a battle in Afghanistan in 2002.
A conviction could result in a life sentence.
Attorney Nathan Whitling said a plea deal, if one is reached, may not be announced until the scheduled start of the trial.
He says he's "hopeful."
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