Former Marine Won't Face Death Penalty In Murder Trial

A former Camp Lejeune Marine, who pled not guilty Tuesday in the death of a woman found dead five days after she disappeared, will not face the death penalty in the case.

Raul Torres, 24-years-old, entered the not guilty plea during his arraignment in the strangulation death of 29-year-old Anneka Lasseter last May. Her body was found in a ditch in Maysville, Jones County.

Onslow County District Attorney Ernie Lee tells WITN this is not a capital murder case because there are no aggravating circumstances. If convicted Torres could face life in prison.

Sheriff Ed Brown said at the time of the murder, Torres was a married man and dated Lasseter. Lasseter's friends told WITN she may not have known Torres was married. Authorities say Lasseter and Torres were no longer together at the time Lasseter went missing.

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