Cesar Laurean Trial Won't Be In Onslow County

A judge has ordered to move a high profile case out of Onslow County.

Former Marine Cesar Laurean is awaiting his murder trial for killing fellow Marine Maria Lauterbach.

In court Tuesday for a motions hearing, both the district attorney and Laurean's lawyer agreed a change of venue was necessary because of the amount of publicity in the case.

The judge set Laurean's trial date for June 28th.

Lawyers have until December 18th to tell the court their intentions of where they want to hold the trial.

Defense lawyer Dick McNeil wants case the case moved to Craven County, but District Attorney Dewey Hudson will not comment on where he wants the trial. McNeil believes Hudson wants it in Wilmington.

McNeil believes the trial will take 2 to 3 weeks, while Hudson says it will take a month.


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  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Dec 9, 2009 at 04:24 AM
    The judicial system needs to do everything they can to make sure that this trial is done correctly the first time. It is too risky to have the trial in onslow county. He is definately guilty but if a mistrial happens that would not be a good thing.
  • by Laura Location: NC on Dec 9, 2009 at 02:43 AM
    This is nuts! It's just too bad that it's a 'high profile' case. He would be tried right there where he's at and sentenced accordingly. Did his victims have a choice? I think not. This state is more for the criminal than it is for the hard working, tax paying citizen. No wonder there is so much crime here. The judges must be scared of losing their jobs because they are more set to free a criminal then to prosecute. They want them to keep getting out so they can keep committing crimes so they can be tried again and again. Job security. I never carried my gun around with me back home. I do here.
  • by John Location: Jacksonville on Dec 8, 2009 at 05:37 PM
    He is already reaping the benefits of our soft justice system. He is the one that pressured the sheriff to allow more reading materials for the criminals locked up in OCJ. He should await his trial in the county in Arizona that make the punk criminals wear pink and sleep in GP tents. Then he should face his former peers- US Marines with M16A2 service rifles ready to shoot.
  • by Judge Judy Location: Los Angeles on Dec 8, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    He deserves a Fair Trial. . . then a Fair Execution.
  • by justmefromjville Location: jville on Dec 8, 2009 at 04:33 PM
    It doesn't matter where they will move the trial to... he's GUILTY! I wish they would arrest his wife, too. You know she's just as guilty... How do you do this to someone and then expect special treatment by the judicial system... really? I feel awful for her family and friends, but most importantly... have we forgotten about her unborn son?????? Ceasar, you'll have your day in court in the US of A and you'll be guilty as charged.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 8, 2009 at 03:43 PM
    How 'bout we have the trial in Strabane, population of 2, judge and jury. Low court cost and low punishment cost.
  • by B Location: NC on Dec 8, 2009 at 03:33 PM
    What a waste of money..
  • by Chase on Dec 8, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    I really dont know how the judicial system works but last I heard our government made a bargain with Mexico where American official retrieved him that the USA can not give him the death penalty.In Jacksonville thats exactly what would happen to this guy.To much bargaining going on(MONEY IN POCKETS) not enough swift justice.
  • by hello Location: goldsboro,nc on Dec 8, 2009 at 02:24 PM
    This is a high profile case.Where will the trial be?Please bring him to Goldsboro,N.C.And the vertict is???
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