Attorneys recommend locations for marine murder trial

Posted by Debra Worley - email

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Recommendations have been made for the location of Cesar Laurean's murder trial.

Laurean is a former marine from Camp Lejeune accused of killing fellow marine Cpl. Maria Lauterbach in January 2008.  Her 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.

Earlier this month, Onslow County Superior Court Judge Charles Henry ruled that Laurean's murder trial should be moved, because of extensive pre-trial publicity.

Prosecutors recommend the trial take place in either New Hanover or Sampson Counties.  Sampson was among the choices by Laurean's attorney, but New Hanover was not.

Judge Henry said he would make a decision on the location by January 8.

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