New Info On Possible Location For Laurean's Trial

Several counties in Eastern Carolina have been requested as possible locations for the trial of Cesar Laurean.

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

Earlier this month, after both the district attorney and Laurean's lawyer agreed a change of venue was necessary because of the amount of publicity in the case, a judge ruled for a change of venue and set the trial date for June 28, 2010.

Court documents show defense attorney Dick McNeil submitted Craven, Carteret, Pamlico and Sampson counties as possibilities for the trial. The DA's office tells WITN News they submitted New Hanover and Sampson counties as possible locations.

There's no word on when the judge will make a decision on the location.


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  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Dec 19, 2009 at 04:45 AM
    This guy does need to fry however the trial needs to be moved to keep "mistakes" from happening so that justice can be served properly. I agree with you buying time. I think his wife knew and she covered it up for him. This case was heard all over the state. It will be hard to find a biased county to hold his trial.
  • by Disgusted Location: ENC on Dec 18, 2009 at 06:59 PM
    He ain't gonna "fry". Hudson had to sign off on no death penalty to get him extradited...we will have to feed, house and give free medical for life which with good behavior credits could be 30-35 years.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Dec 18, 2009 at 06:35 PM
    I'm going out on a limb here. Evan, Watt, and buying time, let's say I kill your mother, wife, brother, son or daughter. I want the trial moved out of state to say, Virginia. You mean to tell me that you would be perfectly happy and satisfied if it was allowed???? Now remember what you said about a fair trial? Everybody deserves one. Are you still saying it's ok to move the trial now???
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Dec 18, 2009 at 06:29 PM
    Watt. Legally Maria had a right to live. Instead he killed her THEN BURNED HER BODY. He lost all of his rights when he killed her. Maybe Maria should file a change of venue. Oh wait. SHE CAN'T! SHE'S DEAD! HE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO EITHER. He did the crime in Onslow county so let Onslow county find him guilty or not guilty.
  • by Evan Location: New Bern on Dec 18, 2009 at 04:00 PM
    Relax. A change in venue doesn't change the facts of the case or the likely verdict. Everyone has the right to a fair trial.
  • by buying time on Dec 18, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    why do you say that, Clifton? i disagree with criminals buying time by changing the court dates continuously, but its true, that no one is willing to hear what the man has to say about the crime because it was so heinous. everyone wants to see him fry. i still think the wife had more to do with it than we know. theres more to the story, and we need to know all the facts before we 'fry' him. i hope he gets a fair trial and that justice is served. but thats not really going to happen for maria lauterbachs family, no matter what the verdict. does anyone have any 'insider' information? if so, post.
  • by Watt Location: Raleigh on Dec 18, 2009 at 03:39 PM
    Why Clifton? Legally he is entitled to a change of venue if they feel he cannot receive a fair trial due to publicity that may have influenced local citizens in Onslow County.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Dec 18, 2009 at 01:20 PM
    Any judge, magistrate, attorney, clerk of court, sheriff, and anyone else that has a hand in this trial being moved should be brought before a court and sentenced to jail.
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