I updated the last post about Cesar Laurean, the Marine who murdered Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach and fled to Mexico, last week when I mentioned that he would be back in the U.S. by the end of the week. He was finally extradited after having lost his last attempt to fight against extradition to the United States and he is back in North Carolina, already having attended his first court appearance yesterday.
Laurean appeared before Judge Paul A. Harrison for all of three minutes yesterday wearing a bulletproof vestbulletproof. Along with murder he is being charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, theft of a financial transaction card, attempted fraud with a financial card and obtaining property by false pretense. Along with being denied bail in the murder case he has been ordered to submit a DNA sample as well, mainly to determine if he was the father of Lauterbach’s unborn child. The charred remains of Lauterbach and her child were found buried in a fire pit in Laurean’s back yard in January of 2008.
Cesar Laurean faces life in prison for his crimes since prosecutors had
to agree not to seek the death penalty againt Laurean in order to get
him extradited from Mexico. When the judge asked him if he understood
the charges he was faced with he answered “Yes, sir”.
While this may appear to be an open and shut case it may be another
eight or nine months before the trial sees the light of day. Laurean
faces his next court appearance on May 18th. His defense attorney is going to see if he can get a change of venue in the trial, out of Onslow County due to the extensive media coverage this case has received, particularly in the Camp LeJeune area. He is also expecting to receive 6,000+ pages of documents related to the case sometime next week.
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