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District Attorney Says No Charges Against Laurean's Wife

The wife of convicted murderer Cesar Laurean will not face any charges in connection with the death of Maria Lauterbach.

Onslow County District Attorney Dewey Hudson called a press conference Tuesday afternoon to reveal what Christina Laurean knew about the homicide case.

Cesar Laurean was found guilty of killing pregnant Marine Maria Lauterbach in August.

Lauterbach had accused Laurean of rape. She was found burned and buried in the backyard of Laurean's Onslow County home in 2008.

Authorities determined her body had been buried there since December 2007, when she first disappeared.

Hudson says there's no evidence that Christina Laurean was involved in the murder or that she helped her husband. He said at first Laurean told his wife that Lauterbach killed herself with a knife. Then he wrote while on the run that Mexican terrorists had killed the Marine.

The district attorney said he was disappointed that the woman did not take the stand in her husband's trial, but says that is her right under the law.

Laurean was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. During the trial Laurean's attorney raised questions about his wife's possible involvement.

The news conference comes a week before an election where Hudson is running for state senate. He says they just finished the investigation into Laurean's wife Monday night and that he did not plan the news conference because of the senate race.


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Onslow County District Attorney, Dewey Hudson, has called a press conference for Tuesday afternoon to reveal what the wife of a convicted murderer and former marine knew about the homicide case.

23-year-old former Marine, Cesar Laurean, was found guilty of killing pregnant Marine, Maria Lauterbach.

Lauterbach had accused Laurean of rape. She was found burned and buried in the backyard of Laurean's Onslow County home in 2008.
Authorities determined her body had been buried there since December 2007, when she first went missing from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina when she was 8 months pregnant.

Laurean was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. During the trial, questions were raised about laurean's wife's possible involvement.

WITN will be at Tuesday's press conference to bring you the new information on this case.


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