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Plea deal reached in West Valley triple murder case

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- A plea deal has been offered to a man accused of killing three people in West Valley in 2010.  

William, Pauline, and Elizabeth Goggin were murdered in a violent burglary.

Court proceedings were cut short Tuesday after the plea deal was reached between the defense and prosecution. The details of that deal are still not being released, but as Kevin Harper entered the courtroom he seemed happy, smiling, and looking at his family.

There was supposed to be a status hearing, regarding the phone calls between Harper and his attorney that were accessed by the lead detective in the case.

But before that began, the defense asked the judge for a short recess to talk to Harper about a possible deal that would impact the need for any future hearings in this case. 

Defense Attorney, Pete Mazzone said he was contacted last night by the prosecution and offered the deal.

"We have been extended an offer that may be dispositive of any future hearings. We were hammering it out last night. Mr. Harper knows nothing about it," said Mazzone.

After the recess both sides asked the judge to postpone the case until Wednesday afternoon so they could iron out the details in what could be a plea deal for Harper.

Neither his attorney nor the prosecution would comment, but in court they said they've reached an agreement which would include a change in Harper's original plea.

You can count on NBC Right Now to be in court Wednesday, and bring you the latest information as soon as anything happens.