Cesar Laurean Moved To Central Prison After Guilty Verdict

A former Camp Lejeune Marine spent his first night in a state prison.

Monday a Wayne County jury found Cesar Laurean guilty of killing his pregnant colleague.

Jurors started their deliberations around 1:45 p.m. and came back with a verdict just before 5:00 p.m.

Laurean was moved to Central Prison in Raleigh shortly after the guilty verdict.

The jury returned a guilty verdict of first degree murder, not guilty of robbery with a dangerous weapon, guilty of financial card theft and guilty of financial card fraud.

He was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole. His attorney has already announced he will appeal the verdict.

Laurean is now convicted for the December 2007 slaying 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach of Vandalia, Ohio. The two were assigned to the same logistics unit at Camp Lejeune. The woman's burned body was found burned and buried in a fire pit in the backyard of Laurean's Onslow County home.

Lauterbach had accused Laurean of rape, but a Marine buddy testified Laurean told him the sex was consensual.

Prosecutors had argued Laurean wanted to get rid of the woman because their encounter threatened to destroy his military career. Even if the sex was consensual, Laurean could have been punished because it is against Marine Corps rules to have sex with a subordinate.

Defense attorney Dick McNeil had argued prosecutors failed to prove Laurean swung the crowbar that fractured Lauterbach's skull. Laurean's wife, also a Marine, could have exploded when Lauterbach appeared at the couple's home on the day she disappeared. Authorities described Christina Laurean as a cooperating witness and have not charged her with any crime.

Laurean, who was born in Mexico, fled his home and was on the run until police arrested him in April 2009 in the Mexican municipality of Tacambaro. Prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty so Mexican authorities would return Laurean, who was born in Guadalajara, to the U.S.

The trial was moved out of Jacksonville because of extensive pre-trial publicity on the case.

Laurean will appeal the verdict with an appealet deffender and his attorney says there will be additional evidence that wasn't allowed in court initially.


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Jurors have begun deliberations in the trial of a former Marine charged with killing a pregnant Camp Lejeune colleague.

The judge gave jurors final instructions before allowing them to start deliberating whether Cesar Laurean is guilty or not. Jurors got the case at 1:45 p.m.

Laurean is accused of killing 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach of Vandalia, Ohio. She served with Laurean in the same personnel unit and had accused him of rape.

Prosecutors say all the evidence points to Cesar Laurean as the killer of Maria Lauterbach. They say he had the motive, the means and the opportunity to kill her.

Closing arguments began this morning in Laurean's trial in Wayne County, having moved there because of extensive pre-trial publicity in the high profile case.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Ernie Lee said Laurean used a crowbar to kill Lauterbach, a crowbar that had Lauterbach's DNA on it. Lee told jurors Laurean saw his career stalled when she became pregnant and accused him of rape.

But Laurean's attorney, Dick McNeil, told jurors that prosecutors want them to believe there's only one possible person able to hit Lauterback with the crowbar, "but his wife was there". The defense attorney asked jurors didn't they think a woman would be upset at another who claims her husband of rape. "She had an opportunity," McNeil told jurors.

Lee told jurors that Christina Laurean did not buy materials for a fire pit and build it in the backyard, she did not give the crowbar to a friend, she did not use her work computer to search how homicides are investigated, and she did not flee to Mexico. Lee said Christina Laurean talked to authorities on eight different occasions and remained in Jacksonville.

Laurean's attorney said the actions after Lauterbach's death show panic, not prior premeditation. McNeil says the state's case leaves a lot of doubt about what happened.

In response to McNeil's contention that Christina Laurean could have killed Lauterbach, District Attorney Dewey Hudson sarcastically told jurors that it could have been Laurean's family, or even Elvis Presley who killed the woman. "He was a married man, he was the boss. He had sex with her," Hudson told jurors. The D.A. argued that Laurean would be "in a pickle" when that baby was born.

Hudson said Laurean lured Lauterbach to his home with promises to send her to Mexico. The D.A. says Lauterbach was hit with the crowbar while looking at baby clothes in the garage.

Laurean could face life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder. He's also charged with robbing Lauterbach of her bank ATM card, and with theft and fraud for allegedly trying to use it to withdraw cash.


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Testimony has finished in the Cesar Laurean murder trial without the former Marine taking the witness stand.

The former Marine is accused of killing 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach and burning her body in the backyard of his home in December 2007.

Jurors will now return to the Wayne County Courthouse on Monday morning for closing arguments and final instructions before they begin their deliberations.

Earlier, the defense received a major blow as the judge limited the testimony of Laurean's boss in the Marine Corps.

Without jurors present, Chief Warrant Office Carolyn Bier gave damaging information about Lauterbach's character. But the judge said Lauterbach was not a witness in this case and ordered testimony limited when jurors returned.

Bier did testify that she ordered Laurean to counsel Lauterbach about some issues that were not specified to the jury. Lauterbach had accused Laurean of sexual assault, though no charges were ever brought. Bier said because of the those allegations, Lauterbach was moved to a different office about 2 miles away.

Bier said a military protection order had been issued in the case.

While calling Laurean an outstanding Marine, she told jurors that Lauterbach had a reputation for not always being truthful.

Most of the defense witnesses have attacked Lauterbach.

A nurse midwife at Camp Lejeune's Naval Hospital Thursday morning testified that she saw Maria Lauterbach three times in the fall of 2007.

Commander Marie Carlton described Lauterbach's pregnancy as "routine, uncomplicated". Carlton said Lauterbach was not placed on bed rest. That contradicts earlier testimony from Lauterbach's mother.

Prosecutors rested their case on Wednesday after the doctor who performed the autopsy on Lauterbach's body said she died of a skull fracture that could have been caused by a crowbar which prosecutors say is the murder weapon.


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The medical examiner was the last witness in the state's case against former Camp Lejeune Marine Cesar Laurean.

The man's lawyers then tried to get several charges against him dropped.

Laurean is accused of killing Maria Lauterbach, burning the pregnant Marine's body and then burying her in the backyard of his Onslow County home in December 2007. Authorities say Laurean then fled to Mexico, setting up an international search for the former Marine.

Dr. Thomas Clark, the former chief deputy medical examiner, said the body of Lauterbach was charred and decomposed body. He said several plastic bags accompanied the body--one bag contained a fetal hand and another had burned baby clothes inside.

Clark says he found a complex skull fracture to the left side of the woman's head, starting at the bottom of the left ear. He said there was also a 4-inch long superficial knife wound on the left side of her neck.

Asked for her cause of death, the medical examiner said it was a blunt force injury to her head. Clark said because of substantial force needed, it was unlikely caused by a fist. When showed Laurean's yellow crowbar, Clark said it could have been the murder weapon.

Included in the pictures the doctor showed jurors were those of the fetus. Clark said he couldn't tell much about the fetus, such as its age, because it too was charred and decomposed.

The defense sought to have three charges against Laurean dropped at the conclusion of the state's evidence saying there was insufficient evidence.

The judge denied motions to toss out the charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, financial transaction card theft, and obtaining property by false pretenses.

Laurean's attorneys called two defense witnesses Wednesday afternoon and plan to call more on Thursday.

Defense attorney Dick McNeil called a pair of former colleagues to the witness stand. Laurean's attorney spent about 15 minutes attacking the credibility of Maria Lauterbach.

Corporal Viviana Martinez testified that Lauterbach believed the baby she was carrying was Caser Laurean's. Corporal Taina Robles told jurors Lauterbach talked in circles about her relationship with Laurean and said she was a habitual liar.

There has been no indication whether Laurean will take the stand in his own defense.


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Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case and the defense will begin presenting evidence in the North Carolina trial of an ex-Marine clerk accused of killing a pregnant colleague.

The prosecution on Wednesday will present a fifth day of evidence to a jury hearing the first-degree murder case of 23-year-old Cesar Laurean of Las Vegas. He is accused of killing 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach of Vandalia, Ohio, who months earlier accused Laurean of rape.

Testimony from the doctor who performed the autopsy is expected on Wednesday. District Attorney Dewey Hudson said that an autopsy showed Lauterbach died from a blow to the left side of her head. The defense is expected to call Marines who served with both Laurean and Lauterbach.

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The mother of Maria Lauterbach took the stand in the Cesar Laurean murder case.

A tearful Mary Lauterbach began testifying as the state is winding down it's testimony against Laurean. The former Marine is accused of killing the pregnant Marine, and then burying her burned body in a fire pit in his backyard.

Maria Lauterbach claimed that Laurean had raped her but no charges against him were ever brought in that case.

The mother told jurors that her daughter had a difficult pregnancy and that she encouraged her to give up the baby.

Lauterbach says the last time she talked to her daughter was on December 14th, 2007. The mother said during that conversation they talked about plans for her to visit Jacksonville for a few days around Christmas. Mary Lauterbach says during that visit the two planned to talk face-to-face whether Maria should keep the baby.

Lauterbach says several hours later she learned of a phone call from Maria's roommate who said he found a note saying the woman had enough of Marine life and was leaving. The mother said that shocked her because that didn't match their earlier phone conversation. Mary Lauterbach said they immediately started to call her daughter's cell phone, which immediately went to voicemail.

Investigators believe Lauterbach was killed the evening of the 14th at Laurean's house.

Under questioning from Laurean's attorney, Lauterbach said Maria certainly told the truth, but there were occasions where "she would come up with these stories". The mother testified that she told Onslow County deputies that her daughter had occasional problems with compulsive lying, but never called her a compulsive liar.


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A judge in Wayne County excused an ex-Marine's wife from testifying in his murder case.

Superior Court Judge Osmond Smith III granted Christina Laurean's motion to quash an order to testify Tuesday. Prosecutors had placed her on a list of witnesses they could call in the trial of 23-year-old Cesar Laurean of Las Vegas. He is accused of killing 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach of Vandalia, Ohio, who had earlier accused Laurean of rape.

North Carolina law bars prosecutors from forcing Christina Laurean, also a Camp Lejeune Marine, to testify against her husband.

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North Carolina prosecutors are examining how evidence was handled that they believe points to an ex-Marine clerk accused of killing a pregnant colleague.

Prosecutors on Tuesday started a fourth day of presenting evidence to a jury hearing the first-degree murder case of 23-year-old Cesar Laurean of Las Vegas. Laurean is accused of killing 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach of Vandalia, Ohio, who had earlier accused Laurean of rape.

Onslow County Sheriff's Capt. Donnie Worrell said he took evidence from the crime scene, including one of Lauterbach's femur bones and a crowbar prosecutors say is the murder weapon to the State Bureau of Investigation's crime lab in Raleigh.

The defense has questioned how the crime was investigated.

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North Carolina prosecutors are expected to unveil DNA test results they believe points to an ex-Marine clerk accused of killing a pregnant colleague.

Prosecutors on Tuesday present a fourth day of evidence to a jury hearing the first-degree murder case of 23-year-old Cesar Laurean of Las Vegas. He is accused of killing 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach of Vandalia, Ohio, who months earlier accused Laurean of rape.

District Attorney Dewey Hudson told jurors last week DNA tests showed blood taken from a crowbar and from Laurean's garage belonged to Lauterbach. Hudson said an autopsy showed Lauterbach died from a blow to the left side of her head. Testimony from the doctor who performed the autopsy is expected Wednesday.

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A former friend says an ex-Marine clerk gave him a crowbar months after he first asked for the surplus tool, but later suspected it was used to kill a pregnant fellow Marine.

Former Camp Lejeune buddy Dennis Ward testified Monday at the first-degree murder trial of 23-year-old Cesar Laurean of Las Vegas. Laurean is accused of killing 23-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach of Vandalia, Ohio, who months earlier accused Laurean of rape.

Laurean has pleaded not guilty. He faces life in prison if convicted.

Ward said the yellow crowbar Laurean gave him two days after Lauterbach disappeared had a piece of tape marked with what appeared to be dried blood.

District Attorney Dewey Hudson said last week that Lauterbach died from a blow to the head, and a DNA sample taken from a crowbar matched her blood.

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A North Carolina investigator says a sheriff used a wire hanger as a divining rod to search for the buried corpse of a pregnant Marine, making it pointless to collect shoeprints near the grave.

State Bureau of Investigation Agent Matthew Clifton's testimony came Monday in the first-degree murder trial of 23-year-old Cesar Laurean of Las Vegas.

He's accused of killing 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, of Vandalia, Ohio. Her body was discovered buried in Laurean's backyard.

Clifton testified Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown walked around with a bent coat hanger, expecting the device would find the body. Clifton said detectives were unable to take samples of shoe prints.

Brown declined comment Monday.

Laurean has pleaded not guilty. He faces life in prison if convicted.

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A North Carolina investigator says he found the U.S. passport left behind by an ex-Marine who fled to Mexico hours before investigators found the body of his pregnant Marine colleague.

The trial of 23-year-old Cesar Laurean of Las Vegas resumed Monday with testimony from State Bureau of Investigation Agent Matthew Clifton, who searched Laurean's home and the abandoned car of 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach.

Laurean has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder. He faces life in prison if convicted of killing Lauterbach, of Vandalia, Ohio.

It's not clear how Laurean entered Mexico without his U.S. passport. He was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Laurean was arrested in western Mexico in April 2008 after an international manhunt.

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The murder trial of former Marine Cesar Laurean continued in Goldsboro Monday with the prosecution continuing to call witnesses. They could wrap their case, however, by Tuesday.

The mother of the slain Maria Lauterbach, Mary Lauterbach of Ohio, has yet to testify. Prosecutors say they will call her to the stand before wrapping their case.

Monday's court proceedings began with an SBI agent returning to the stand.

During testimony Friday two neighbors of Cesar Laurean say they saw a bonfire in the murder suspect's backyard, and one of their wives complained about a bad smell.

The former Camp Lejeune Marine is accused of killing Maria Lauterbach and then burning and burying her body in his backyard. The pregnant Lauterbach had earlier accused Laurean of raping her, though no charges were ever filed.

A neighbor of Laurean testified that he saw Laurean and a couple of people at a bonfire in his backyard, around Christmas of 2007. Malo Menard told jurors he had never seen his neighbor with a bonfire before.

Another neighbor, Richard Alander, told jurors that his wife complained about a bad smell around the same time that Laurean had a bonfire. Alander also said he saw a small blue car parked in front of Laurean's house, and was shown a picture which he identified as the car.

Deputies have said Lauterbach was last seen alive on December 14th.

An NCIS agent says they pulled Internet search information off Laurean's computer at Camp Lejeune. On January 8th, 2008 Laurean searched Google for "what happens in homicide investigation" and the day before he googled "criminal defense lawyers in Jacksonville, North Carolina".

Laurean's former superior told jurors that the former Marine told him he had no relationship with Lauterbach.

Chief Warrant Officer Joel Larsen said after Lauterbach was reported missing he seemed concerned about how that might impact his pending rape charges. Larsen called Laurean a stellar performer, a top NCO. He said it was unbelievable the shock of what went down.

The first witness today was an executive with Marine Federal Credit Union who told jurors that four times on December 24th, 2007 a man tried to use Maria Lauterbach's ATM card in Jacksonville.

Franklin Davis also showed pictures from the ATM camera, but the judge did not allow him to say they appeared to be Laurean.

Davis also testified that Lauterbach used her ATM card on December 14th, taking out $700.


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The fourth day of the Cesar Laurean trial began with opening statements from both sides.

"After you've heard all the evidence, the state contends that you will be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of all these charges against him," said District Attorney Dewey Hudson.

But Laurean's attorney reminded jurors they needed to find evidence that proves the former Marine killed Maria Lauterbach at his Onslow County home. "The ultimate question that you have to decide when all the evidence is submitted to you is whether Ceaser Laurean confronted Maria Lauterbach and in the heat of the moment something occurred, or was it somebody else that she encountered." Dick McNeil told jurors Laurean's wife, Christina, was in the house at the time. "I'm not calling her out, I'm just saying there was someone else in the house."

The first witness called was Lauterbach's roommate, who read a letter she allegedly wrote to him. "Sorry, I can't take this Marine Corps life anymore, so I'm going away. Sorry for the inconvenience," Sergeant Daniel Durham told jurors.

Marine Sergeant Blake Costa was also called to the stand. He testified that Laurean told him he was being accused of rape, but actually had consensual sex with Lauterbach. He also testified that Laurean confided something else to him. "He wanted to talk to her, convince her to move to Mexico. When she did go, he would send her money and it would discredit her within the Marine Corps and he'd be able to continue on and salvage his career."

Jurors were also shown pictures of the shallow grave where Lauterbach and her unborn child's burned remains were found. Testimony will continue Friday and defense attorneys say they expect the trial to take about 2 or 3 weeks.


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Cesar Laurean's attorney questioned whether it was Laurean, or his wife who had that fatal confrontation with Maria Lauterbach in their home back in December 2007.

The former Camp Lejeune Marine is accused of killing Lauterbach and then burying her body in his backyard. The pregnant Lauterbach had earlier accused Laurean of raping her, though no charges were ever filed.

In his opening statement to jurors, defense attorney Dick McNeil said the evidence must be beyond a reasonable doubt that Laurean killed Lauterbach. McNeil questioned whether Lauterbach may have instead had a confrontation with Christina Lauterbach. McNeil also questioned why Lauterbach went to Laurean's home in the first place.

District Attorney Dewey Hudson told jurors the evidence will show that Laurean killed the woman, and buried her body in that shallow grave. He said Laurean then used her ATM card and stole money from her.

The first witness in the trial was Lauterbach's former roommate, Marine Sergeant Daniel Durham. He read a note that Lauterbach left saying that she couldn't take the Marine life anymore and that she was sorry for the inconvenience. Investigators have said Lauterbach then went to Laurean's home and that's when she was murdered.

If convicted the maximum Laurean could receive is life in prison because the death penalty was removed from consideration so Mexican authorities would allow his return to the United States to face charges.


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Testimony has begun in the Cesar Laurean murder trial.

The former Camp Lejeune Marine is charged with killing Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, burying the pregnant woman's body in his backyard and then fleeing to Mexico.

The first witness was Lauterbach's former roommate, Marine Sgt. Daniel Durham.

Testimony began after both sides presented brief opening statements to the jury.

Jury selection concluded Wednesday with the selection of twelve jurors and three alternates. Jury selection took less than two days to complete.

Twelve jurors were seated around 3 p.m. Wednesday, and then three alternates were picked. The twelve main jurors are seven women and five men.

Two former Marines are on the jury, along with a woman who told attorneys she was involved in a domestic incident.

The District Attorney says having Marines on the jury doesn't bother him because the victim in this case, Maria Lauterbach, was also a Marine.

More than half of the initial 50 potential jurors were dismissed for various reasons during the two day selection process. Those dismissed included an active member of the U.S. Air Force, and a man whose daughter was murdered in 1995.

The trial was moved to Wayne County because lawyers were concerned that Laurean could not receive a fair trial in Onslow County because of intense media coverage of the case.

If convicted, Laurean faces a maximum life in prison. The death penalty was taken off the table in order to have the man released by Mexican authorities and returned to the United States.


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Potential jurors are being whittled down in the Cesar Laurean murder trial.

The former Camp Lejeune Marine is accused of killing Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, and then burying the pregnant woman's body in his backyard.

The trial was moved from Onslow County to Goldsboro because of pre-trial publicity.

In court Tuesday, 16 potential jurors out of the initial pool of 50 have been excused. So far several have said they could not set aside what they've heard about the case and give Laurean a fair trial.

The potential jurors are now going through individual questioning from lawyers on both sides.

The trial is expected to last several weeks.


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A former Camp Lejeune Marine spent about 30 minutes in a Wayne County courtroom this morning on the first day of his trial.

Cesar Laurean is accused of killing Maria Lauterbach, a pregnant Marine.

The judge took up several "housekeeping" matters before starting jury selection. We now know that most potential witnesses will be kept out of the courtroom during the trial.

Laurean's parents and two sisters were in the courtroom, along with Mary Lauterbach, the mother of the murder victim.

The judge recessed the proceedings until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.


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Former Camp Lejeune Marine Cesar Laurean, accused of killing a pregnant marine, goes to trial today in Wayne County.

It is a case that has gotten national attention. Laurean is accused of killing Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, whose remains were found in a fire pit behind his home.

WITN will be in Wayne County bringing you the latest in the trial beginning Monday morning on the Sunrise show. Team coverage will continue throughout the week.

The attorneys in the case are expected to meet with the judge today. Jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday.



Here is a list of significant events in the case against Cesar Laurean:
September 13, 2004 - Cesar A. Laurean, of the Las Vegas area, enlists in the U.S. Marine Corps.
April 6, 2005 - Laurean joins a combat logistics regiment based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
June 6, 2006 - Maria Lauterbach, of Dayton, Ohio, enlists in the U.S. Marine Corps.
November 23, 2006 - Lauterbach joins Laurean's unit.
April 2007 - Lauterbach tells Marine Corps that Laurean raped her. She is pregnant.
May 12, 2007 - Marine commanders assign Lauterbach and Laurean to work in separate buildings.
May 24, 2007 - A military protective order is issued against Laurean.
June 25, 2007- The protective order is automatically renewed for the first time.
September 20, 2007 - The protective order is automatically renewed for the second time.
October 22, 2007 - Marine commanders submit a request to send the rape case to the military's version of a grand jury.
December 2007 - Lauterbach meets with military prosecutors to discuss her rape allegation against Laurean.
December 14 2007 - Lauterbach speaks to her mother for the last time. A woman purchases a bus ticket to El Paso that never gets used. Authorities think Lauterbach was the woman.
December 19, 2007 - Lauterbach's mother reports her missing to police in Ohio. A missing persons investigation begins in Onslow County.
December 20, 2007 - Lauterbach's cell phone found on a roadside near Camp Lejeune.
December 24, 2007 - An unidentified white man uses Lauterbach's ATM card.
December 28, 2007: Lauterbach does not show up for prenatal appointment.
January 7, 2008: Lauterbach's car found at fast food restaurant. Lawmen say it had been there since about December 15. Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown is informed about the case, and detectives execute their first search warrant.
January 8, 2008 - Police search the laptop computer of Marine Sgt. Daniel Durham, Lauterbach's roommate. Authorities later conclude he is not involved. First news release about Lauterbach being missing is issued.
January 9, 2008 - The Marine Corps says it is cooperating with the Onslow County Sheriff's investigation into Lauterbach's disappearance.
January 10, 2008 - Civilian authorities request Durham be returned from a training mission in California for questioning.
January 11, 2008: Authorities believe Laurean flees Jacksonville at 4 a.m. They receive Laurean's note from his wife, Christina, at 8 a.m., and announce four hours later they believe Lauterbach is dead. That evening, the local district attorney says burnt human remains had been found in Laurean's backyard.
January 12, 2008: The remains of adult and fetus are found in Laurean's backyard. An arrest warrant is issued for Laurean.
January 15, 2008: Autopsy confirms remains in backyard are Lauterbach and her unborn baby. The district attorney says she died from blunt force trauma to the head.
January 18, 2008: Candlelight vigil is held for Lauterbach at Northeast Creek Park in Jacksonville.
January 20, 2008: Mary Lauterbach told the Dayton Daily News that her daughter was a beautiful girl with perceived credibility issues, which set her up to be the perfect victim.
January 21, 2008: Sheriff Brown says he belives Laurean is in Mexico. A cousin says he saw Laurean in Mexico a week ago. Officials release new photos.
January 24, 2008: A grand jury indicts Laurean on first degree murder charges.
February 2, 2008: Lauterbach and her baby are laid to rest in Ohio.
March 14, 2008: Autopsy results reveal Lauterbach had 4 inch wound on neck that was superficial and may have occurred after she died.
April 10, 2008: Laurean is captured in Mexico.
June 31, 2008: Mary Lauterbach testifies before Congress that her daughter would still be alive today if the Marines had a better system in place for sexual assault victims.
August 16, 2008: DA Office intern accused of trying to sell Laurean case documents.
September 11, 2008: Mexican court judge has ruled that Cesar Laurean will be returned to Onslow County.
December 2008: Laurean home goes up for sale for the first time.
April 18, 2009: Laurean returns from Mexico.
April 20, 2009: Laurean makes first appearance in Onslow County Court.
April 30, 2009: Gag order is imposed for Laurean case.
May 11, 2009: Gag order is lifted in Laurean case.
May 15, 2009: Laurean is expelled from Marine Corps.
May 17, 2009: DNA reports says Laurean was not the father of Lauterbach's unborn baby.
June 8, 2009: Laurean pleads not guilty.
July 2009: Laurean's former house sells.
December 8, 2009: Laurean appears in Onslow Co. court, attorneys agree a change of venue is necessary.
December 14, 2009: Laurean and his wife are named in wrongful death lawsuit filed by Mary Lauterbach.
January 26, 2010: Laurean's trial is moved to Wayne County.
April 13, 2010: Judge delays Laurean trial.
August 9, 2010: Laurean trial slated to begin in Wayne County.


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