Laurean Transferred To Wayne County For Trial

The murder trial of former Camp Lejeune Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean is set to start Monday in Wayne County.

Laurean was transferred to Wayne County Friday morning.

Authorities released a new mug shot of Laurean.

Residents in Laurean's former neighborhood in Onslow County say the trial couldn't have come soon enough.

We spoke to several former neighbors of Laurean and his wife Christina on Meadow Trail in Onslow County.

We even knocked on the door where he used to live. There was no answer but it appears someone is living at the home.

Many we spoke with said they are happy the trial is finally here and can't wait until it is over.

The murder of Maria Lauterbach and her unborn son Gabriel in January 2008 sparked national media attention that spilled over into the neighborhood.

Cesar Laurean was caught months later in April 2008 in Mexico.

Prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty as part of the United States and Mexico's extradition agreement.

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One week from Monday, the high profile murder trial of former Marine Cesar Laurean is scheduled to get underway.

The trial has been moved from Onslow County to Wayne County following a petition from Laurean's attorney.

Laurean is accused of killing pregnant colleague Maria Lauterbach in December 2007. Lauterbach's body was discovered buried in Laurean's back yard a few weeks later.

Laurean was caught in April of 2008 after taking off and going to Mexico.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2010 at 11:56 AM
    firing squad?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 6, 2010 at 12:33 PM
    I say let the Mexican Cartel have their way with him. Send that IDIOT back to Mexico or fry him here!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 6, 2010 at 06:14 AM
    I bet this cold-blooded creep learned the phrase "You can run but you can not hide, even in Mexico." The death penalty must be enforced here.
  • by Death Penalty on Aug 6, 2010 at 03:15 AM
    without a death penalty there will be no justice served!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2010 at 07:47 PM
    I hope for all the families involved that this is a speedy trial. No matter what happens to the wife, her punishment will be living with her conscious. Bad karma follows to the grave!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2010 at 05:33 PM
    What I don't understand is why she went to his house? She was already to go somewhere else, but she decided to go there.
  • by bouttime Location: ENC on Aug 5, 2010 at 05:30 PM
    two years later...!!! I had almost forgotten about him,imagine how the witnesses , if there are any, must feel. Two years...
  • by Anon on Aug 3, 2010 at 10:54 AM
    I'd love to sit on this jury. Where can I volunteer?
  • by Jeff on Aug 3, 2010 at 02:10 AM
    I wonder if that guy that lives by the courthouse will make enough money auctioning off his yard as a parking lot.
  • by lewis on Aug 2, 2010 at 09:04 PM
    i definitely think the wife should be tried as well. wonder what deal she worked out to keep her out of jail? they have never said
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