Marines Expel Laurean From Corps

The Marine Corps has expelled a 22-year-old Marine accused of killing a pregnant colleague near his North Carolina base.

Camp Lejeune officials said Friday that former Cpl. Cesar Laurean was separated from the service Wednesday.

Base spokesman Maj. Cliff Gilmore wrote in an e-mail that the Marine Corps would not release the reason for Laurean's discharge "in accordance with the Privacy Act."

Laurean is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach. He fled to Mexico shortly before her charred remains were found buried in his backyard in Jacksonville in January 2008. She was from Vandalia, Ohio.

He was arrested in Mexico in April 2008, and extradited to North Carolina last month.

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