Laurean's Wife Returns From Mexico Visit

The wife of Corporal Cesar Laurean has returned from Mexico after visiting her husband.

The Onslow County District Attorney's Office says Christina Laurean, herself a Camp Lejeune Marine, was back on base Tuesday morning.

Two weeks ago prosecutors were concerned after the Marine Corps gave Laurean's wife leave to visit her husband in a Mexican prison,

Cesar Laurean is being held in prison, fighting extradition back to North Carolina on charges he killed fellow Marine Maria Lauterbach.

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A North Carolina prosecutor said he's concerned that the wife of a Marine charged with murdering a pregnant Marine is allowed to visit her husband in a Mexican jail.

Onslow County District Attorney Dewey Hudson said Thursday the Marine Corps granted leave to Lance Cpl. Christina Laurean to visit her husband, Cpl. Cesar Laurean.

Hudson says the wife left Camp Lejeune on Monday and is due back November 17th.

Cesar Laurean is charged with first-degree murder in the December death of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, who had accused him of rape. Laurean fled a day before Lauterbach's body and that of her unborn child were found buried in his backyard. He is fighting extradition.

The D.A. says Marines have told him they have taken steps to stay in contact with Laurean during her visit, and they are confident she will return to the U.S.

The prison where Cesar Laurean is being kept does permit conjugal visits, for a $10 a night charge.

Authorities have said Christina Laurean cooperated with investigators, but Hudson says he's not sure how this visit will impact her willingness to testify against her husband.