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Case of missing Marine to be heard elsewhere in NC

Cesar Laurean Cesar Laurean
Cesar Laurean (Source: Onslow Co. Sheriff's Office) Cesar Laurean (Source: Onslow Co. Sheriff's Office)
Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach

Posted by Debra Worley - email

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A North Carolina judge has ruled that the trial of a 22-year-old former Marine accused of killing a pregnant colleague will be held outside the county where
authorities say it occurred.

Onslow County Superior Court Judge Charles Henry ruled Tuesday that the trial of Cesar Laurean should be moved.

Depending on the location of the trial, it will tentatively begin June 28, 2010.  Both sides have until Dec. 18 to file suggestions on the potential trial location.

Cesar Laurean is charged with the first degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach in 2007. 

Lauterbach's burned body was found buried in a pit behind Laurean's house.

Lauren fled to Mexico just before being indicted for the murder.  He was on the run for several months, but was caught in April 2008.

Prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table as part of the extradition agreement with Mexico.

Laurean is charged with first degree murder, financial card transaction fraud, and obtaining property by false pretenses.

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