Laurean Appealing Murder Conviction

Convicted killer Cesar Laurean will appeal his conviction Wednesday in a Raleigh courtroom.

Laurean is the former Camp Lejuene marine who is currently serving a life sentence in Elizabeth City for the 2007 murder of his pregnant marine comrade, Maria Lauterbach. His lawyers are appealing his conviction, and they say the court should have allowed the jury to consider a lesser charge than murder.

Laurean was convicted in 2010 of killing Lauterbach with a crowbar and burying her burned remains in the backyard of his off-base home.

In October 2011, the Pentagon's Inspector General criticized Camp Lejeune officials for inadequate and incomplete handling of a rape claim made by Lauterbach against Laurean.

The Marine Corps responded by saying there were administrative errors in handling Lauterbach's complaint, but that command leaders responded appropriately overall.

Lauterbach's mother has filed a wrongful death suit agaisnt Laurean and his now ex-wife Cpl. Christina Smith. It has been stayed until the outcome of Laurean's murder conviction appeal is known.

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  • by HELLO Location: Goldsboro,nc on Nov 16, 2011 at 03:29 PM
    He will never get out,Signed seal delivered,Guilty as charged
  • by Deana Location: Chocowinity, NC on Nov 16, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    I agree! I have always thought she knew more than she let on!!!
  • by jb Location: onslow on Nov 16, 2011 at 06:29 AM
    its a shame they can't get them for killing the fetus as i was not happy the way marine corp handled it.wonder if his wife came out of lowes with shovel heading to backyard to dig a hole for the two people? oh forgot he was only charged for just one...right?
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      by Tim on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:25 AM in reply to jb
      There was only one person killed. END. OF. STORY.
  • by Connie Location: Greenville on Nov 16, 2011 at 04:54 AM
    Glad to hear this due to the fact that I still believe that his now ex-wife killed the girl.

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