Gag Order Issued In Laurean Case

An Onslow County judge has issued a gag order on attorneys, the sheriff and court personnel in the murder case of Cesar Laurean.

The order, signed Wednesday by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Charles Henry, bars anyone involved in the case from giving an opinion on Laurean's guilt or innocence, the character, credibility, reputation or criminal record of Laurean or prospective witnesses, the possibility of a guilty plea or the existence of any confession, and the results of any tests of any physical evidence in the case.

Laurean returned to Onslow County earlier this month on charges he killed and then buried fellow Marine Maria Lauterbach in December 2007.

Judge Henry says he signed the order because there has been significant publicity in the case and it's necessary to insure that Laurean receives a fair trial. Henry said the rules were also adopted to insure that the media was able to adequately cover the trial.

Laurean is scheduled to appear next in court on May 18th.

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